Switzerland requested by the ECHR to make its law on assisted suicide more precise

Publié le : 22 May 2013

 On Tuesday 14 May, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) stated that "Swiss legislation does not sufficiently specify in which cases assisted suicide is authorised." The Court was ruling on a "case brought by an octogenarian suffering from no clinical disease but who wishes to put an end to her life. She complained that doctors and the heath authorities in Zurich refused to prescribe a mortal dose for her. The Court condemned Switzerland for the ‘uncertainty’ involved in this case. Yet it refused to say whether assisted suicide ought to have been authorised in this particular case.

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