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Details of some support organisations and ways to obtain further information are also listed below:

House of Lords
Paper copies of House of Lords Judgements are available from:
Judicial Office
House of Lords
London SW1A OPW
Tel: 0207 219 3111

Court judgements and other legal information can be accessed on these sites:

Liberty
21 Tabard Street
London SE1 4LA
Tel: 020 7403 3888
E-mail: info@liberty-human-rights.org.uk

European Court of Human Rights
A summary of the European Court of Human Rights ruling can be accessed at:

The European Commission of Human Rights
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex
France

Officials working in the Commission may provide some assistance before an applicant sends a formal application. They cannot give legal advice but may be able to inform a client how the Convention has been interpreted in a similar case. You can also find out more about human rights cases etc on the Council of Europe's website at

Specialist Human Rights Solicitors

The Law Societies of England & Wales and Scotland and The Committee on the Administration of Justice in Northern Ireland may be able to refer someone to a solicitor who is experienced in dealing with cases brought before the European Commission on Human Rights.

The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane
London WC2A IPL
Tel: 0207 242 1222

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Law Society of Scotland
26 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh EH3 7YR
Tel:0131 226 7411 (answer phone out of hours)

Committee on the Administration of Justice
45/47 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2BR
Tel: 0289096 1122

Motor Neurone Disease Association
PO Box 246
Northampton
NN1 2PR
Helpline: 08457 626 262
Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm and 7.00pm-10.30pm Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 6.00pm
E-mail: enquiries@mndassociation.org

The association is dedicated to the support of people with MND and those who care for them.

Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association
76 Firhill Road
Glasgow G20 7BA
Tel: 0141 945 1077
email: info@scotmnd.sol.co.uk

Living Wills

A Citizens' Advice Bureau, local law centre, or a solicitor can advise you on living wills. It may also be prudent to consider talking the matter over with your GP.

Contact the British Medical Association for information on the position regarding the refusal of treatment, euthanasia, the law and assisted suicide and living wills:

British Medical Association
BMA House, Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9JP
Tel:7383 6410

Patients Association (PA)
PO Box 935
Harrow
HA1 3YJ
Tel: 020 8423 8999

E-mail: patients@demon.co.uk

The PA and BMA have produced a booklet on Advanced Statements aims to promote patients' interests to government, professional bodies and the media. It gives advice on patients' rights, complaints procedures, access to health services and self-help groups. The PA is an independent association funded from donations, subscription and government grants.

Alert
27 Walpole Street
London
SW3 4QS
Tel: 020 7730 2800

E-mail: alert@donoharm.org.uk

The aim of Alert is to warn people of the dangers of any type of euthanasia legislation and pro-death initiatives. These include the promotion of living wills and advance directives that, Alert believes, create a climate for the acceptance of euthanasia.

Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES)
13 Prince of Wales Terrace
London
W8 5PG
Tel: 020 7937 7770

E-mail: info@ves.org.uk

The VES lobbies to make it legal for a competent adult, suffering from an incurable illness, to receive medical help to die at their own considered and persistent request. They can also supply the living will advance directive form to enable someone to refuse unwanted medical treatment. Please note the VES cannot provide counselling nor can they advise people on how to end their lives.

The VES asks for 5.00 for a living will pack: a folder containing three copies of the form, a factsheet, instructions on how to complete the forms, where to keep them and a medical emergency card to carry, saying where the forms are lodged and other medical information.

EXIT Formerly VESS (Voluntary Euthanasia Society Scotland)
17 Park Street
Edinburgh EH1 3RN
Tel: 0131 556 4404
exit@euthanasia.org

Medical Ethics Alliance
An organisation promoting pro-life policies: 01902 340388

Cruise Bereavement Care
Cruse House
126 Sheen Road
Richmond
Surrey TW9 1UR
Tel: 0845 758 55 65 - Counselling available afternoons and evenings.

Panorama: Please Help Me Die looks at the case of Diane Pretty



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Do you agree with the European Court of Human Rights' decision on Diane Pretty's case?

Yes
 25.29% 

No
 74.71% 

767 Votes Cast

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