Rights & Wrongs: Libya, the U.N., North Korea and Bosnia

Rights & Wrongs: Libya, the U.N., North Korea and Bosnia

Editor's Note: Rights & Wrongs is a weekly column on the world's major human rights-related happenings. It is written by regular WPR contributor Juliette Terzieff.

MEDICS' DEATH PENALTY CONVICTION UPHELD -- The Libyan Supreme Court decided Wednesday to uphold earlier convictions of five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor on charges of intentionally infecting over 400 Libyan children with the HIV/AIDS virus. The court's ruling was widely expected and -- as it signals the official end to the appeals process -- paves the way for an out-of-court settlement to financially compensate the children's families and bring an end to the medics' nine-year ordeal.

Bulgarian, Libyan and European Union diplomats have been negotiating a compromise solution to close the case for several years, and an agreement seemed to be at hand on the eve of the decision.

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