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Welcome to DIGNITAS, the Swiss self-determination, autonomy and dignity advocacy group. We are a not-for-profit member’s society which promotes the thirty years of Swiss practice in combining palliative care, suicide attempt prevention, advance directives and the right to choose in life and at life’s end. DIGNITAS advocates, educates and supports for improving care and choice in life and at life's end. Since 1998 we work for the worldwide implementation of
‘the last human right’

 

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People should have the right to choose a peaceful end, says Simon Birch

>> read more

>> listen to Simon

82 % of the people in the UK want the law on assisted dying changed

>> Largest ever UK poll results

Add your voice to the thousands who demand change on assisted dying

>> yesuntiltheend

>> Health Care Professionals for Assisted Dying

'People who have done nothing wrong except contract an illness deserve more
than a government whose bravery extends no further than to turn a blind eye.'

>> read more of Sir Terry Pratchett

 

 

United States of America

>> The paradox of a government that cavalierly kills people
but prevents assisted suicide

>> Offering a Choice to the Terminally Ill

>> Lawsuit to legalize Doctor-Assisted Suicide in New York

>> The last day of her life - the story of Sandy Bem and her family

>> Ligitation Asserting Californian Law Allows Aid in Dying

>> California Medical Association removes opposition to Physician Aid in Dying

>> Doctors for Dignity

>> The Economist: The right to die

>> George F. Will: Affirming a right to die with dignity

South Africa

>> Pretoria High Court case: Motion filed to be allowed to choose the time
and place of death with assistance from a licensed medical practitioner

>> Times Live: 'Give me right to die'

>> Allied Medical Professionals for Assisted Dying

>> dying with DIGNITY South Africa

>> radio interview with Prof. Sean Davidson

Australia

>> The Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee of Victoria calls for Submissions on End of Life Choices: are Victorian laws adequately meeting people’s expectations regarding medical options available at the end of their life?

>> Lets talk about dying: group meets to discuss death

 

 

Research gone astray

There has been news on a study about people from abroad going to Switzerland for assisted dying, published in the British Journal of Medical Ethics. The five Swiss charities working for the human right to a life with dignity and a self-determined end of suffering have analysed this study. It has many omissions and errors and contains statements which are wrong, misleading and inflammatory. The study is not representative as the authors did not use all data in Switzerland and they only analysed the years 2008 - 2012. The allegation that the number of people going Switzerland has doubled, bases on a selected analysis. The findings of the study are misleading.

>> Comments on the study
'Suicide tourism: a pilot study on the Swiss phenomenon'

>> Commentary in the Journal of Medical Ethics

>> Media: Reports of assisted suicde highly exaggerated

>> Further information on the NRP 67 - Forschung auf Abwegen

 

Media Incompetence and Stupidity

Quite often, the media spreads false information about the right to die
and DIGNITAS. For example, they make believe that a mentally and physically
healthy person could pay money and then be euthanized in a clinic in Switzerland.

This, of course, is complete nonsense.

There are no clinics and euthanasia is prohibited in Switzerland
Furthermore, access to assisted dying in Switzerland is not a matter of money,
but of paperwork, patience, determination and responsibility, of a competent adult.

Don’t buy, don’t read and don’t believe such 'news', mainly spread by the tabloids.
You are prone to be misled by truncated, twisted, falsified and scandalised 'information'.
All these 'news' companies intend to do is cashing in on creating hype.
They mislead the public and they are responsible for a lot of suffering.

See George Bernard Shaw, in "The Doctor’s Dilemma" (1906), act IV:
" . . . for a newspaper, not having to act on its descriptions and reports,
but only to sell them to idly curious people, has nothing but honor to lose
by inaccuracy and unveracity . . .".

There is only one reliable source of information from and about DIGNITAS: this website

 

 

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To become a member of DIGNITAS, you need to first read our info-brochure very carefully and then fill out the binding "declaration of membership" and send it off to us. 
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Research gone astray

There has been news about a study about people from abroad going to Switzerland for assisted dying, published in the British Medical Journal of Ethics. The five Swiss charities working for the human right to a self-determined end of suffering and life have analysed this d “study”: it is full of errors and can hardly be called “scientific”. The “researchers” did not use all data in Switzerland (only a part of the region of Zürich) and they only analysed the years 2008-2012. The study is not representative and the allegation that the number of people going Switzerland have doubled is misleading. Besides, there are many omissions. The findings of the study are distorted and misleading. Details and comments can be found in the following file:

Comments on the study "Suicide tourism: a pilot study on the Swiss phenomenon"

The British Journal of Medical Ethics has been contacted and informed about all the misleading information in the “study”. It is hard to understand how this respected journal could publish something of such poor quality.

 
 

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Well Worth Seeing


Campaign Websites

Support for the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

Support for the Assisted Dying Bill, England


Submission

Response by DIGNITAS
to the Inquiry into End of Life Choices, Parliament of Victoria, Australia

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How DIGNITAS works

A booklet with background information on DIGNITAS' work and philosophy

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Video

Documentaries and
further film contributions

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E-mail:
dignitas@dignitas.ch

Address:
DIGNITAS
P.O. Box 17
8127 Forch
Switzerland

Telephone national
043 366 10 70
Telephone international
+41 43 366 10 70

Fax national
043 366 10 79
Fax international
+41 43 366 10 79