Assisted suicide

In 2000 a widespread public debate was triggered by the Zurich city council decision to reverse a prohibition, which had been in place since 1987, on carrying out and assisting suicide in facilities run by the health and environment department. The reversal has meant that since 1 January 2001, residents of homes for the elderly and the sick, who do not have any other home, may carry out suicide within these facilities and be assisted in doing so by relatives or members of euthanasia organisations. The staff of the homes are explicitly prohibited from assisting suicide in such cases. Objections to the new regulation have been repeatedly voiced.

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