Statement by Benita Ferrero-Waldner on the Bulgarian nurses imprisoned and sentenced to death in Libya
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 11/07/2007
The Supreme Court of Libya upheld the death sentences of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted of infecting children with HIV. The health workers were arrested in 1999 being accused of infecting 438 children with HIV-infected blood at a hospital in Benghazi, the second city of Libya. Nevertheless, foreign scientists explained that the epidemic was probably the result of poor hygiene. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, expressed her deep regret to the sentence and hopes for clemency for the nurses and the doctor, reminding that Europe has always shown humanitarian compassion towards the children infected and their families. She declared her commitment in continuing the work for the treatment of the Benghazi children.
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||Flags outside the European Parliament building in Strasbourg
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH) saying that she deeply regrets the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor confirming the death sentences;
she do hopes that the matter will immediately be referred to the higher authority that is the High Judicial Council and she do hopes for clemency for the Palestinian and for the Bulgarian nurses, in the same way as the EU has always shown humanitarian compassion and has worked for the children and their families because they have been very much affected in their lives;
she can commit herself for the future to continue working for the treatment of the Benghazi children and help their families, but, of course, also to work with the government to bring excellent healthcare, especially in the fight against HIV-AIDS, to the Libyan government
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner in her office (2 shots)
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner repeating her statement (in GERMAN)
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner in her office