May 24, 2024

22 Britons dispatched by Swiss group Dignitas

The Swiss organisation Dignitas has helped 22 British suicide tourists die over the past two years, not five as previously believed, says a campaigner for euthanasia in the UK. Ms Lesley Close, the sister of a man who paid Dignitas to help him die last year, argued that it was better for people to die at home in Britain rather than having to travel abroad. Apparently Dignitas has 557 members in the UK and according to its director, Ludwig Minelli, 20% of these are likely to take up the offer of assisted suicide. The UK is currently debating a bill on assisted dying for the terminally ill.