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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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WFRtDS Congress 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The next WF Congress will take place from 11 - 14 May  2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.The conference will be hosted by NVVE, Dutch RtD Society.

The Conference title is Euthanasia 2016 - Professional challenges.  Visit the special website for regularly updated, further information. Registration starts September 1, 2015.

WFRtDS now established in Geneva, Switzerland

We are pleased to announce that the new World Federation of Right to Die Societies is now formally established in Geneva, on 1st April, 2015.

As agreed at the last General Meeting held in Chicago last September, the Board of Directors have been working hard on the preparation of suitable Statutes for this new Federation. The new organization will be named World Federation of Right to Die Societies and will replace the existing one which is a New York Corporation called World Federation of Right to Die Societies Ltd.


Read the new Statutes by clicking here.

Summary on proceedings in Canada 2015
Jun 13, 2015

Derryck Smith, Co-chair of the medical Advisory Board of DWD Canada wrote this article to summarise all what has happened in Canada, starting with Quebec last year and this year February with the BCC verdict.

WFRtDS Newsletter June 2015 published
Jun 13, 2015

WF Newsletter June 2015 published, read it here.

Symposium in Berlin: Die letzte Hilfe! Ärzte aus dem In- und Ausland diskutieren über Suizidhilfe
Jun 13, 2015

The German DGHS invites you to attend the international debate (Podiumsdiskussion) in Berlin on June 20, 2015. Simultaneous translation available.  See the flyer here.

Australian doctor Rodney Syme's invitation to speak rescinded
May 29, 2015

Doctors, politicians and lawyers have come out swinging after a controversial urologist saw his invitation to speak at a prestigious national medical event rescinded.Dr Rodney Syme was set to headline a plenary session and "end of life" panel discussion at the annual conference of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians later this month, but has been "uninvited" from the Cairns event.It was revealed last week that Dr Syme publicly handed lethal illegal medication to a terminal cancer victim, Mr Ray Godbold​ of Inverloch. The exchange of the drug Nembutal – commonly used by vets to euthanise pets – was an act of defiance meant to draw attention to the "right to die" issue.

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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