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The European Court of Human Rights has withdrawn its criticism of Switzerland's assisted suicide laws after it emerged an octogenarian who filed the initial complaint had duped both the court and her lawyer in the case. As reported on this website some month's ago, the court called on Swiss Government to clarify assisted suicide law.
Former President of the WFRtDS Jean Davies passed away on October1. She was member of the board from 1984 to 1990, when she became President for the period 1990-1992. After that she also acted for a long time as President of the RtD-E. In the UK she was Chair of the (then) Voluntary Euthanasia Society UK.
DWD Canada reported on the latest Ipsos-Reid Survey: it is the most comprehensive Canadian survey ever undertaken on the public’s perception of dying with dignity . With clear, neutral language and a sample size of 2500 Canadians.Some results:
De Einder (Dutch RtD Society) publishes its annual report 2013. This report shows an increase in numbers of clients who seek information: 472 in 2013 (in 2012: 310). Not all of those clients "use" the information to terminate their life immediately: only 14% (n=66) die after the information received from the counsellors. Most are > 65 years old, there are more women than men and the average number of contacts was 6 per client.
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 V's 'winter 2014' Update newsletter, is available now on the DWDV website and can be seen here.
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.
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
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".