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On Quebec's law
Oct 10, 2014

In the aftermath of the legalisation in Quebec, and in the scope of the WF Conference in Chicago, Veronique Hivon, "godmother" of the Quebce Law, gave an interview on radio.

Desmond Tutu: "I am in favour of assited dying"
Oct 10, 2014

Not only received the WFRtDS Conference a message on tape from Desmond Tutu, he also published in the scope of the UK debates on Lord Falconer's  bill an article in the Guardian. In this article he claims: "a dignified death is our right - I am in favour of assisted dying". "The manner of Nelson Mandela's prolonged death was an affront. I have spent my life working for dignity for the living.

Article on relation Belgian Euthanasia and Palliative Care
Oct 10, 2014

The Journal Bioethic Inquiry (DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9554-z) published an article that analyses domestic and foreign reactions to a 2008 report in the British Medical Journal on the complementary and, as argued, synergistic relationship between palliative care and euthanasia in Belgium. This paper has been rewritten as an interview with Michael A.

Israeli film on how to die
Sep 11, 2014

The Farewell Party, an Israeli film by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon is shown in Toronto Film Festival. Tal and Sharon wrote and directed this dark comedy about friends in a retirement community in Jerusalem who begin to explore the very difficult question of how to die with some peace and dignity. Yehzekel (Ze'ev Revach) is an inventor who is called upon to create

DWD Victoria publishes its September magazine Update
Sep 3, 2014

DWD V's 'winter 2014' Update newsletter, is available now on the DWDV website and can be seen here.

Right to Die Europe reports on NGO activities
Sep 3, 2014

RtD-e representatives visited two conferences organised by the Council of Europe  for Non-Governmental Organisations. Their reports concern the visits  in January and in June this year.

Australian top executive addresses his colleagues on dying with dignity
Sep 3, 2014

Australian top executive Peter Short - recently diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer, has written a letter to his colleagues from top 300 public companies, addressing the importance of dying with dignity laws and urging them to promote the issue.

Belgian Review Committee reports euthanasia figures for 2012 and 2013
Sep 3, 2014

LaLibre.be writes:
In 2012 and 2013 3239 cases of euthanasia were reported to the Federal Evaluation and Control Commission. Since the implementation of the Act of 28 May 2002, the increase in the number of reported cases was gradual. But it "tends to escalate significantly since 2011", reports

NVVE, Dutch Righj to Die launches campaign on living wills
Sep 3, 2014

Today NVVE, Dutch Right to Die Society, launches a large national public campaign to promote the familiarity with and  use of Living Wills. The campaign is titled "Every day is a good day for your living will".

Solution to decreasing rise of euthanasia?
Aug 31, 2014

A group of Swiss and UK scientist have written a letter to the editor of The Lancet (Vol 384, issue 9938, page 127; 12 July 2014), suggesting a "solution" to decrease the rate of "euthanasia".

In a review they found that data from countries that allow both practices show that euthanasia occurs more frequently:

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