General Assembly Resolution # 285
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
Category: Civil Rights
Proposed by: Christian Democrats
The General Assembly,
Recognizing the ethical controversy surrounding assisted suicide and euthanasia,
Understanding that there are several asserted rights involved in the debate, including the "right to life" and the "right to die,"
Believing that the issues involved are far too complex for there to be a single policy forced on all cultures,
Seeking, therefore, to reach a compromise that is broadly acceptable to the member states of this august body,
1. Grants every member state, subject only to this resolution and active resolutions previously adopted by this Assembly, the authority to determine for itself the legal status of assisted suicide and euthanasia in its jurisdiction;
2. Declares that residents of member states, subject to the normal migration and travel laws, have the freedom to travel to foreign jurisdictions where assisted suicide or euthanasia is legal for the purpose of undergoing such a procedure;
3. Requires that no person be penalized in any way whatsoever either by the government or by a private party for exercising his freedom of conscience by choosing not to participate in an assisted suicide or euthanasia procedure;
4. Prohibits the use of World Assembly funds for assisted suicides and euthanasia procedures;
5. Mandates that member states that allow assisted suicide or euthanasia enact and enforce laws ensuring that all assisted suicides and euthanasia procedures are safe and consensual; and
6. Suggests that member states, for statistical purposes, submit annual reports to the World Health Authority on assisted suicides and euthanasia procedures that occurred in their jurisdictions in the previous year.