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Law to Force People to Help?

Published torsdag 10 september 2009 kl 11.56

We should all be obliged to take action when another person is in distress, says Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask, who has ordered a report into the matter.

The initiative comes as a result of a number of cases where violent crimes were witnessed by people who did nothing to help the victim, the Minister writes in the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

According to the Minister, there are currently some directions in the law that make it our duty to help and protect, but there is no general duty to act when someone's life, health or property is seriously at risk.

The report shall among others take into account the balance between the obligation to act and the danger that might put the person acting in, and also who is obliged to act when there are more people around the person in distress.

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