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Belgian Euthanasia Review Committee (FCEE) reports on 2014-2015
Nov 13, 2016

In these 2 years, the FCEE reported 3950 performances of euthanasia (1928 in 2014 and 2022 in 2015; an average of 165 per month), 1.8% of all deaths. In over 99% it concerned euthanasia (by injection). It strikes that since 2014 the rate per year starts to level off: was that over 14% in previous years, in 2014 and 2015 that percentage was 6.7% and 4.77%.

South African Supreme Court of Appeal heard the challenges to the Robin Stransham-Ford High Court ruling
Nov 7, 2016

The South African Supreme Court of Appeal met on 4 November 2016 to hear the challenges to the Robin Stransham-Ford High Court ruling. In this ruling the High Court granted the terminally ill man a physician assisted death. He died on the day the High Court announced its ruling.  After hearing arguments, the Supreme Court of Appeal reserved judgement - their decision is expected next month.

Newsletter October 2016 Go Gentle Australia
Nov 5, 2016

Go Gentle Australia published its October 2016 Newsletter, reporting on the progress of initiatives in South Australia and Victoria. Read it here.

Swiss Federal Statistical Office reports 742 cases of assisted suicide in 2014
Nov 3, 2016

Swissinfo.ch: The Swiss Federal Statistical Office reports that Switzerland saw 742 cases of assisted suicide in 2014, a 26% increase over the previous year.  Assisted suicide accounted for 1.2% of all deaths in Switzerland. The vast majority of those who died by assisted suicide were terminally ill. Men and women were nearly

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 163
Nov 2, 2016

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 163, in which special attention for a workshop on Living Wills in the scope of 40th anniversary - congratulations JSDD. Also A Memorial Address for Honorary Chairman, Dr. Akihiro Igata, who passed away.

West Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society (WAVES) changes name
Nov 1, 2016

The West Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society (Inc)  (WAVES) has changed its name to DYING WITH DIGNITY WESTERN AUSTRALIA (Inc) (DWDWA). Our email contact is now  info@dwdwa.org.au. Details such as office bearers and our mailing address remain as before, see information here.

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 4, 2016 published
Oct 31, 2016

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 4, 2016 published. Read the summary (English) hereFor Dutch readers (and to see the pictures) click here for the full (Dutch) version

Press statement WF President re New Zealand Police raids
Oct 26, 2016

WFRtDS President Sean Davison sent out a a media release (see below) about  Wellington (NZ) police that may have used an alcohol checkpoint to gather information about elderly women attending euthanasia meetings. The women had been attending an Exit International meeting on a Sunday afternoon early this month in the Lower Hutt suburb of Maungaraki. As they left, about 4pm, all

First steps in New Jersey: Assembly passed Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act
Oct 24, 2016

The New Jersey Assembly passed bill A 2451 ‘Aid in Dying or the Terminally Ill Act’ by a 41-28 vote with five abstentions. This act would allow people facing a terminal illness and less than six months left to live, to end their lives by taking lethal drugs prescribed by their physician. Physicians will not be prosecuted when

Next stage for South-Australia in Voluntary Euthanasia legislation
Oct 22, 2016

On October 19 the South-Australian Parliament debated a new Death with Dignity Bill presented by Liberal MP Duncan McFetridge. The planned next stage debate on the original VE Bill 2016 from Labour MP Steph Key was - with her consent - postponed to the end of this year (possibly 1 December): her bill is NOT withdrawn.

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