Switzerland


Swiss suicide tourism doubles in four years

Michael Cook | 23 August 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, suicide tourism, Switzerland
The numbers of ‘suicide tourists’ going to Switzerland to take their own lives has doubled in four years, reports a study published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Assisted suicide for the old but healthy

Xavier Symons | 29 May 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, existential suffering, Switzerland
Swiss assisted suicide provider Exit has officially sanctioned assisted suicide on the grounds of old age.

Swiss doctor acquitted after assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 26 April 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
Changes could be afoot in Swiss legislation after a doctor was acquitted this week of violating regulations for assisted suicide.

Analysis of legal assisted suicide in Switzerland

Michael Cook | 09 March 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, slippery slope, Switzerland
Women are the most vulnerable.

Looks that killed

Xavier Symons | 02 March 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Dignitas, Switzerland
Are crows feet good enough reason for assisted suicide?

Switzerland: a suicide magnet

Michael Cook | 01 June 2013 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
To describe Switzerland as a Mecca for suicide tourism is hyperbole, but suicide facilities would draw as many people as yodelling and cowbells.

Switzerland’s “peculiar institution”

Michael Cook | 01 June 2013 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
What is the position of the law on assisted suicide in Switzerland?

Switzerland told to clarify vague assisted suicide laws

Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
A European Court has told Switzerland to make its euthanasia laws more specific, after an 82-year-old woman seeking the procedure on the grounds of old age was denied it.

Swiss healthcare worker posts images of corpse on Facebook

Michael Cook | 09 March 2013 | Comments
tags: privacy, Switzerland
An unidentified aged care worker in Switzerland has been charged after posting pictures on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman.

Significant stress after witnessing assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 05 October 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
Relatives and friends of a person who commits assisted suicide have a high rate of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, according to a Swiss study in the latest issue of European Psychiatry.

Swiss parliament rejects more regulation of assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 27 September 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
The lower house of the Swiss parliament has declined to tighten controls on assisted suicide. MPs felt that self-regulation by groups like Exit and Dignitas was enough.

Prosecute police, says Dignitas. They stopped a suicide

Michael Cook | 17 August 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Dignitas, Switzerland
The Swiss group Dignitas has filed a complaint against the Zurich prosecutor’s office for interrupting an assisted suicide.

Swiss canton to get first assisted suicide law

Jared Yee | 23 June 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
The French-speaking Swiss canton of Vaud will become the first to introduce a law which explicitly allows assisted suicide.

Swiss canton to vote on assisted suicide on June 17

Michael Cook | 07 June 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
The Swiss canton of Vaud will hold a referendum on June 17 to decide whether nursing homes and hospitals must accept assisted suicide on their premises.

First figures on assisted suicide published

Jared Yee | 31 March 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Dignitas, suicide, Switzerland
Assisted suicide cases in Switzerland have grown steadily over the past decade to almost 300 in 2009, its Federal Statistics Office reported this week.

Assisted-suicide booms in Switzerland

Jared Yee | 25 February 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Dignitas, suicide, Switzerland
The number of patients in Switzerland who killed themselves with the help of assisted-suicide organisations rose significantly in 2011, new figures show.

Family doctor helped “up to 30” to end their lives at clinic

Jared Yee | 16 September 2011 | Comments
tags: Dignitas, suicide, Switzerland, UK
A former GP from the UK admitted last week to helping as many as 30 people to end their lives at Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland.

Swiss back off restrictions on assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 02 July 2011 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
Despite controversy at home and abroad over its law on assisted suicide, the Swiss government has decided not to modify it. Instead, it plans to promote palliative care and suicide prevention.

Zurich voters reject “suicide tourism” ban

Jared Yee | 20 May 2011 | Comments
tags: suicide tourism, Switzerland
Zurich residents have voted to continue to allow assisted suicide for non-residents despite a campaign to ban so-called suicide tourism.

Assisted suicides increase in 2010

Jared Yee | 07 April 2011 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
The Swiss assisted suicide organisation Exit assisted 257 people’s suicides in 2010, an increase of 15% since 2009, where there were a total of 216 assisted deaths

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