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Plan to restrict assisted suicides

The Swiss government has rejected calls to ban assisted suicide groups such as Dignitas but will propose rules to restrict their work.

Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland provided the helper does not personally benefit from a patient's death.

The government says a majority of organisations and local governments consulted were in favour of drawing up strict rules that assisted suicide groups have to abide by.

Justice minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said last year that the government wants to cut down on "suicide tourism", where scores of foreigners travel to Switzerland every year to end their lives with the help of Dignitas and other groups.

The government said it will now draft a Bill to be put before parliament by the end of the year.


From Belfast Telegraph