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2013 Annual report Dutch Review Committee on euthanasia
Oct 11, 2014

The Dutch Review Committee published its 2013 Annual Report. The total number of reported cases increased to 4281 (in 2012 this was 3777). In the schemes presented below one can see that the increase occurred in all categories, and more or less in the same proportion. Only special mention must be made of the increase in situations of beginning dementia (42 -> 97) and psychiatric diagnoses (14 -> 42). The Committee signals

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.

Rectification on earlier Human Rights Court decision
Oct 10, 2014

The European Court of Human Rights has withdrawn its criticism of Switzerland's assisted suicide laws after it emerged an octogenarian who filed the initial complaint had duped both the court and her lawyer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 WF President Jean Davies (UK) passed away
Oct 10, 2014

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.

ADMD Belgium published its July 2014 Bulletin (nr 132)
Oct 10, 2014

ADMD Belgium published its July 2014 Bulletin (nr 132); read it here (French language).

New Poll results make headlines across Canada
Oct 10, 2014

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
Oct 10, 2014

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.

Death with Dignity National Center Report published
Oct 10, 2014

Recently new WFRtDS member Death with Dignity National Center published its fall 2014 Dignity Report. Read it here.

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.

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