Dutch website offers suicide tips

12th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

The website, which can only be accessed by members, provides detailed information on how to use medicine to commit suicide.

The Netherlands – A website providing detailed information on how to use medicine to commit suicide has been launched, reported de Volkskrant.

The site, created by Right to Die-NL, is reportedly one of the first sites worldwide to provide detailed information on a number of ways to commit suicide.

“We found there was a great need for this kind of information and we wanted to prevent people with a death wish having to resort to gruesome methods. Sometimes they jump in front of a train, hang themselves or set themselves on fire. This is not only terrible for them, but also for the next of kin and aid workers. We believe people have the right to die with dignity,” said the director of Right to Die-NL, Petra de Jong.

One has to be above 16 to become a member of the website and to view its content. The membership fee is EUR 17.50.

Assisting a person to commit suicide is a crime in the Netherlands, but Right to Die-NL said the rule did not apply to its website because it did not provide instructions, but only information.

In the recent past, the publication of several books containing similar information never led to convictions.

De Jong said the website would not lower the threshold to commit suicide.

“In the past, books could simply be ordered. On top of which, nobody can kill themselves on impulse using information obtained from our website. It would take time, because certain medicines are not easily available.”

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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