Switzerland: a suicide magnet
Michael Cook | 01 June 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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
No right to assisted suicide, says European Rights Court
Michael Cook | 27 January 2011 |
Swiss man denied right to a prescription-only drug
Switzerland mulls over decriminalised incest
Michael Cook | 18 December 2010 |
Is this an agenda-setting event?
Swiss controversy over cannabis farmer’s hunger strike
Michael Cook | 21 November 2010 |
Should doctors force-feed him?
Dignitas boss: let partners of terminally ill who commit suicide die too
Jared Yee | 27 October 2010 |
Deliverance for the dying and their partners too
Swiss Justice Minister wants assisted suicide for non-terminally ill
Michael Cook | 14 August 2010 |
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf calls for changes