25/12/2006

 
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
 
Libyan League for Human Rights (LLHR), Palestinian Center for Human Rights ( PCHR)
 
Organisation Marocaine des Droits Humains (OMDH), Association Marocaine des Droits Humains (AMDH)
 
Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme (LTDH), Conseil National pour les Liberts en Tunisie (CNLT)
 
Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS)
 
Amman Center for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS)
 
Ligue Algrienne des Droits de l'Homme (LADH), Ligue Algrienne pour la Dfense des Droits de l'Homme (LADDH)
 
Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR), Association
 
Libanaise des Droits de l'Homme (ALDHOM)
 

 
 
OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREME COURT OF LIBYA
 
                                                                                                21 December 2006
 
Mr. President,
 
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisations in North Africa and Middle East (1) express their deepest concern with regard to the death sentence pronounced, on 19 December 2006, by the Penal Court of Benghazi against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor. Our organisations welinfoe the decision of the Supreme Court of Libya to reexamine the case and call on the president of the Supreme Court and its members to ensure all the guarantees of a fair and impartial trial.
 
The six medical professionals, detained since 1999, have been convicted of knowingly infecting 426 Libyan children with HIV in a hospital in Benghazi, Libya.
They were tried and sentenced to death in May 2004, the decision was overturned and a retrial was ordered on 25 December 2005 by the Supreme Court on the grounds of irregularities occurred during the arrests and interrogations.
 
A new trial has begun on 11 May 2006, ending with the Capital punishment of 19 December 2006.
 
Both trials were considered as unfair, in particular due to allegations of torture to extract confessions used against the accused persons and the omission of evidences. Strong evidences which were presented to the Court demonstrating that the HIV outbreak most probably resulted from negligent hygienic conditions and the re-use of syringes in hospital as well as the traces of HIV presence before six medicals' arrival were not taken into account.
 
FIDH and its member organisations reaffirm their strong opposition to death penalty, as it fundamentally contradicts the principle of human dignity proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the right to life. Furthermore, our organisations reaffirm their solidarity and support to all victims.
 
FIDH and its member organisations call upon the Supreme Court of Libya to ensure full infopliance with the international human rights instruments and in particular, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) - ratified by Libya in 1970 which guarantees the right to a fair and impartial trial. In view of the serious shortinfoings of the trial proceedings, we consider that the death penalty should clearly be overturned.
 
Yours respectfully,
 
Sidiki KABA, President of FIDH

Press contact : Karine Appy + 33 1 43 55 25 18 / + 33 1 43 55 14 12
 

(1) The signatories are the Libyan League for Human Rights (LLHR), the Palestinian Center for Human Rights ( PCHR), the Organisation Marocaine des Droits Humains (OMDH), the Association Marocaine des Droits Humains (AMDH), the Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme (LTDH), the Conseil National pour les Liberts en Tunisie (CNLT), the Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS), the Amman Center for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS), the Ligue Algrienne des Droits de l'Homme (LADH), the Ligue Algrienne pour la Dfense des Droits de l'Homme (LADDH), the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR), the Association Libanaise des Droits de l'Homme (ALDHOM).

Karine Appy
Attache de presse
Press Officer
FIDH
+33 1 43 55 14 12
+33 1 43 55 25 18
+33 6 68 42 93 47
www.fidh.org
 

 

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