Following the news that many aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 – which crashed earlier today in Ukraine – were advocates and health professionals traveling to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, the Human Rights Campaign released the following statement:
"HRC wishes to extend our condolences to the friends and families of everyone aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. We are deeply saddened to learn about the deaths of the many HIV/AIDS advocates believed to be on the plane. HRC joins the international community in mourning the loss of all those who lost their lives today, including such dedicated health professionals. They will be sorely missed."