The United Nations has concerns about the euthanasia laws in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Both Belgium and the Netherlands are often cited as examples of countries where euthanasia laws work well and provide good safeguards to protect vulnerable people. However, the United Nations has expressed concern that in practice, such laws are problematic. In Belgium, the UN is concerned that euthanasia laws could be misused to "kill off persons with intellectual disabilities". In the Netherlands, the UN has expressed concern that a doctor can end a patient's life without any independent oversight to check that patient's decision was not "subject to undue influence or misapprehension".
In 2014, the United Nations' Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities identified the practice of euthanasia in Belgium as "a very problematic area of disability rights" and has said:
Since services for persons with disabilities in Belgium were highly institutionalized, it would appear that euthanasia could be misused to kill off persons with intellectual disabilities.
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The United Nations' Human Rights Committee has also expressed concerns about the operation of the euthanasia laws in the Netherlands and has said:
A physician can terminate a patient’s life without any independent review by a judge or magistrate to guarantee that this decision was not the subject of undue influence or misapprehension. The Committee reiterates its previous recommendations in this regard and urges that this [euthanasia] legislation be reviewed in light of the [International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights] ...
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