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’


The basic information at a glance and a ‘click’:

>> DIGNITAS' Blog / Latest News

>> How DIGNITAS works

>> DIGNITAS' suicide attempt prevention

>> joining, membership fees and more

>> FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions




Success for human rights in California

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., a Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian,
signed legislation to allow physicians assisted suicide for
terminally ill – the End of Life Option Act – on Monday 5 October 2015

"I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and
excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort
to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn't
deny that right to others", he wrote in his signing message.

Thus, California becomes a further US-State in which
terminally ill have freedom of choice to self-determinedly end
their suffering with physician’s assessment and prescription of medication

>> signing message of Governor Brown <<

A big Thank You from DIGNITAS to Governor Brown and
everyone who helped to make this bill happen




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

>> Catholic hospitals are denying aid in dying to patients even
in those states where such services have been legalized

>> 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

>> The New York Times: Opinionator - The End

>> 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'

At least you are honest...

>> Allied Medical Professionals for Assisted Dying

>> dying with DIGNITY South Africa

>> radio interview with Prof. Sean Davidson


>> 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



Want to know more?

Get informed!

Read the FAQ-section (Link) on our website and take a look at the speeches (Link).

If you'd like to support ...

...our cause, join us.

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.


Latest News


24 October 2015 –

13 March 2016

Bristol Museum
& Art Gallery

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: death - the human experience

>> more



Well Worth Seeing

Campaign Websites

Support for the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

Support for the Assisted Dying Bill, England


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

>> more

How DIGNITAS works

A booklet with background information on DIGNITAS' work and philosophy

>> more


Documentaries and
further film contributions

>> more


P.O. Box 17
8127 Forch

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