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European Division of WFRtDS

Interested in more news on the Right to Die? ERGO circulates on a regular basis an electronic newslist with news from around the world.

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World Congress 2014

Reports, presentations and pictures can be found at the link to the Chicago 2014 Conference on this site

Research publication on counselling for non-physician assisted suiced in the Netherlands
Nov 18, 2014

Martijn Hagens, VUmc researcher, published ( BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:455) the results of his cross sectional research into the practice of the counsellors cooperating with De Einder (one of the Dutch RtD Societies and member of WFRtDS). Of the 595 clients (of 12 counsellors) included in his research, 1/3 rd had no direct wish to end their life, but

Dramatic rise in Israeli living wills
Nov 18, 2014

Israelinternationalnews.com reports about a dramatic increase of Israelis having signed forms requesting permission to put an end to their own lives, 12.000 over just 740 who did so in 2013.
Currently, euthanasia, also dubbed “mercy killings”, in which a doctor or other agent puts an end to the life of a patient – usually an elderly person with a terminal

Japanese JSDD publishes its new Newsletter
Nov 18, 2014

JSDD has published its Newsletter nr 155, with news on the organizational changes and developments of legalisation. Changes concern the narrowing of the objectives to death with dignity according to living wills.

RTVD Sweden presented itself at a Fair for the elderly
Nov 18, 2014

For the first time, and as a test,  RTVD's secretary Berit Hasselmark, was present with an information stall at a Fair for the elderly and retired in Stockholm It materialized all right in September and the success can be measured from the many Swedes who discussed the issue - yes

The World Federation

The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 52 right to die organizations from 24 countries. The Federation provides an international link for organizations working to secure or protect the rights of individuals to self-determination at the end of their lives.

Joining information

If you are interested in inquiring about or even acquiring - as a Society - membership, please read the joining information and complete the application in it.

Official languages

The official language of the WFRtDS is English, reason why information on this site is mainly published in that language. Where available or applicable, some information is also published in other languages (French, German or Spanish). 

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