The British Helsinki Human Rights Group monitors human rights and democracy in the 57 OSCE member states from the United States to Central Asia.
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* Examining issues relating to press freedom and freedom of speech
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Euthanasia in the Netherlands: The proposed reform in the Netherlands
HITS: 1944 | 20-02-2002, 03:58 | Comments: (0) | Categories: Netherlands , PR and human rights, World health
The proposed new law has been introduced into the lower house of the Dutch parliament by the Minister of Justice, Bank Korthals, and the Minister of Health, Dr. Els Borst. A provision is to be included in the Netherlands Criminal Code which would provide for the termination of life on request and assistance with suicide would not be punishable if certain criteria were fulfilled. The bill is a consequence of the coalition accord which led to the present coalition government, involving the Labour party and two Liberal parties. The two conditions under which a physician will not be subject to prosecution are: The physician must have fulfilled the requirements on due care, as laid down in a separate act, namely the Termination of Life and Request and Assistance with Suicide (Review) Act.