n Lesotho Law Journal - A critical analysis of Basotho conception of euthanasia
|Article Title||A critical analysis of Basotho conception of euthanasia|
|© Publisher:||National University of Lesotho|
|Journal||Lesotho Law Journal|
|Affiliations||1 National University of Lesotho|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||69 - 86|
|Keyword(s)||Active and involuntary euthanasia, Autonomy, Deontology, Human dignity and Ubuntu|
This article takes a critical look at the moral justification of the practice of active and involuntary euthanasia among the Basotho. In this practice, terminally ill aged people were left at the entrance of a kraal to be trampled by cattle until they died. On the other hand, it is argued that this practice violated both the notion of intrinsic human dignity and the principle of respect for autonomy. The paper concludes that there is no moral justification for the practice of active and involuntary euthanasia among the Basotho people because this practice constituted murder.
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