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GERMANY waits for potential far-reaching decision by European Court of Human Rights

A German widower has sued Germany in the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a ban on active assisted suicide. He asked the Court to decide whether the German law, banning ‘active’ assisted suicide, infringes on article 8 of the German Constitution.

Article 8 concerns the person’s right to privacy and a dignified death. The German website www.dw-world.de (Deutsche Welle) published an article by Gregg Benzow, worth reading! His conclusion is that “….if the Court rules in the plaintiff’s favor, it could have far-reaching consequences for the growing tide of support across Europe for assisted suicides”.

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