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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.
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.
The European Court of Human Rights has withdrawn its criticism of Switzerland's assisted suicide laws after it emerged an octogenarian who filed the initial complaint had duped both the court and her lawyer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.