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Minute of silence in Melbournefor HIV researchers lost onflight MH17

Attendees at Melbourne’s AIDS 2014 Conference were shocked and saddened to learn about the downed Malaysian Airlines flight this morning.

283 people, including 27 Australians, were on board flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

It had departed the Amsterdam en-route to Kuala Lumpur, where a connecting flight would take many of its passengers to Melbourne’s conference.

Among those on the flight were Joep Lange (pictured above), a leading HIV clinical researcher from The Netherlands, with over 30 years’ experience in the HIV sector. He was the former president of the International AIDS Society and the founding editor of the academic journal Antiviral Therapy.

Conference delegates also on board included Pim de Kuijer from Stop AIDS Now, Martine de Schutter from AIDS Fonds, Glenn Raymond Thomas from the World Health Organisaton Jacqueline van Tongeren from AMC and Lucie van Mens from the Female Health Company.

“The International AIDS Society today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today,” says the International AIDS Society in a statement.

“At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy.”

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Philomena said on the 19th Jul, 2014

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Yes, this news of the flight MH17 shot is really heartbreaking and shattering ;

and we can only hope now that a serious international investigation could be led freely to find the truth and catch the guilty monsters who commited this monstruosity.

All my thought is of course to the people who were close to the victims.

Anyway, thank you very much, Matt, to have let us know by your article about this comemoration to honour the victims.



brians5 said on the 20th Jul, 2014

I oppose this AIDS conference. Science and activism are not a good mix. In fact, activism tends to corrupt science.


Philomena said on the 21st Jul, 2014

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Brians5, I guess you are here mistaken, Science and Activism for the true improvement of Mankind

have on the contrary always been working hand on hand during the human History ;

and to be sure about it it is sufficient to think how much Modern Science & the Humanism

since Gallileo against Religion Obscurantism, and Einstein himself fighting against the Nazism,

Science has always been increasing by having a special consciousness being a political engagement/involvement

making that the ACTION of the Theory had true real implicationsin the Practice.


Otherwise said, that to make Science with Awareness is a political Act to improve Mankind ;

as well as to practice with Awareness activist Militancy

is as well a political Act improving Mankind

---notably about Human Rights

for each citizen,

and consequently also for all the GLBT people---.


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