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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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Looking for better word or short phrase

A group of men and women around the world has organised a survey to search for a word or short phrase to describe the act to hasten someone's death in another word than "suicide".

Society typically understands suicide as a final act that is violent (hanging, gun to head, jumping from high bridge, etc.) and that is done alone, often by someone who is depressed. These people, if their stress is recognized in time, can in many instances be successfully treated. This is very different from the situation in which suffering, terminally ill individuals choose to hasten their dying. Such individuals wish to end their life in a peaceful and dignified manner, at home, with family around them. To most people, this is something else, not suicide.

Please help them and complete the Survey by clicking here.  Results will be shared on this website

12th biennial RtD-Europe meeting in Berlin, June 20-22, 2015
Feb 12, 2015

The 12th Biennal RtDE meeting will be held in Berlin June 20-22, 2015 and will be organised by DGHS - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humanes Sterben. For information visit the RTD-Europe website.

Palliative Care and Physician Aid in Dying - a Benelux experience
Feb 10, 2015

(from BioEdge; Xavier Simons) A recent paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics says ‘no’. The paper – published by a team of researchers from Belgium’s End of Life Care Research Group – compares the development of palliative care (PC) in countries where euthanasia is legal to countries where it is not. The results, they said,

Dying with Dignity Canada celebrates BC Supreme Court victory
Feb 6, 2015

Communiqué de presse en Francais disponible ici.

Dying With Dignity Canada applauds the Supreme Court’s decision (read it here) to strike down Canada’s unjust and outdated legal ban on physician assisted dying. In a judgment released on Friday morning, justices on the high court ruled the absolute ban violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and

Libera Uscita published their periodical Il Punto (new version)
Feb 3, 2015

Libera Uscita published their periodical Il Punto (new version). Read it here (Italian only). It contains letter from the President, news from Libera Uscita, France and Italy. From that last country a special report on the campaign for the establishment of municipal registers of living wills.

The World Federation

The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 51 right to die organizations from 23 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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