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The organizers of Euthanasia 2016 welcome proposals for presentations!

Please send us before 15 September 2015 an e-mail to,  containing the following information:

  • Topic (Legal, Medical, Science, Campaign or other (please specify)
  • Abstract/short summary of your proposal. Approx. 500 words to describe the content of your presentation.
  • Name, organization and country of presenter

We aim to inform you by the beginning of October 2015 about the acceptance or rejection of your presentation.
Please know that from 1 October 2015  on-line submission for abstract  of poster presentations will be open.

WFRtDS Congress 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The next WF Conference will take place from 11 - 14 May  2016 in Amsterdam, and will be hosted by NVVE, Dutch RtD Society.

Visit the special website for regularly updated, further information. Registration starts September  2015. Wanting to give a presentation, see separate announcement on this site.

Petition (9000 signatures) asking for legalisation in New Zealand presented
Jul 14, 2015

End-of-Life Choice VES New Zealand has been gathering signatures on a petition to the Parliament to legalise assisted dying. Since the start in March 9000 individuals signed the petition presented by Maryan Street (one of the initiators of NZ Bill) and matt Vickers (husband of late Lecretia Seales) to the NZ Parliament. See the report of it here.

Colombia's first legal euthanasia performed
Jul 12, 2015

On July 3, 2015 the first "legal" euthanasia was performed in the city of Pereira; a male patient suffering from cancer in his face asked for the procedure on the basis of unbearable pain and suffering, and was authorized according with Health Ministry regulations issued a few weeks ago.

Study and Report on finding alternative wording for suicide
Jul 12, 2015

An ad hoc group of men and women who are involved in the right-to-die movement grew out of the biannual meeting of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies held in Chicago, U.S.A., September 18-20, 2014. Near the end of the conference Bill Simmons (Hemlock Society of San Diego) asked for volunteers to work with him to find a substitute for the word “suicide” when applied to people exercising their “Right to Die” (RtD) when

Dying with Dignity Victoria Newsletter Update Issue 170 July 2015
Jul 12, 2015

Dying with Dignity Victoria publishes its Newsletter Update of July 2015 (nr 170). In it amongst others news on a parliamentary committee investigation of the need to allow citizens to make their own end-of-life choices, with a report no later than 31 May 2016. You can read it here.

The World Federation

The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 50 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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