Dignitas is forced to offer its services from a former factory

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1176
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Dignitas, the Swiss organisation that helps people with terminal illnesses to end their lives, has had to begin offering its services in a former factory after being forced to leave the flat it was using in Zurich.

    The owner of the block of flats asked Dignitas to leave by the end of September after opposition from residents and the media. The organisation, founded by the human rights lawyer Ludwig Minelli, found another flat but was unable to use it after the local council took action.

    Mr Minelli, 75, then offered the living room of his own home in Maur, a village 12 km from Zurich, but local officials stepped in and banned its use for assisted suicides. Dignitas, which blames its problems on a “not in my back yard” attitude, had to resort to hotel rooms, and one man decided …

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