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Joint Statement from the International Council of Nurses and the World Medical Association

Re: Libya Verdict for Bulgarian Nurses and Palestinian Doctor



Geneva, Switzerland, 14 December 2006 - In a joint statement about today’s decision by the Libyan court, the International Council of Nurses and the World Medical Association said: ‘We are appalled by the decision of the Libyan court to sentence the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor to death. Today’s decision turns a blind eye to the science and evidence that points clearly to the fact that these children were infected well before the medical workers arrived at the hospital.

'How many children will go on dying in Libyan hospitals while the government ignores the root of the problem ?'
'If there is any hope of justice for these nurses and this doctor, we appeal to the Supreme Court to again quash these death sentences.'


The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of 129 national nurses' associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses for nurses since 1899, ICN is the international voice of nursing and works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.

For further information contact Linda Carrier-Walker Tel :  +41 22  908 0100;
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