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Lord Rix, one of the most famous actors in Britain, has revealed he is dying and has made a heartfelt plea for euthanasia to be legalised in order to allow him to "slip away peacefully". Learning disability campaigner Lord Rix has revealed he is suffering from a terminal condition. In an emotive letter to the Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness D'Souza, the 92-year-old Mencap president has urged Parliament to act "as soon as possible" to make it possible for people in his situation to be assisted to die. This news would not be catching the eye, but
August 2016 Newsletter Final Options Illinois published - to be read here.
Minister of State for Innovation John Halligan says he believes in assisted suicide and would help someone if they were terminally ill and in pain. The Independent Waterford TD has written an assisted suicide Bill which he hopes will be introduced shortly. “The objective of the Bill is that people who are terminally ill, who will die within six months, who are going through
ADMD-B publishes its Newsletter no 140 (in French only).
RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 3, 2016 is published. Read the summary (English) here. For Dutch readers (and to see the pictures)
The Leonetti/Claeys End-of-Life law came into force this month. The text was adopted in February 2016, after several years of debate and creates new rights for patients at the end of life. The End of life Act completes the Leonetti law which, since 2005, grants a right to let to die and gives the possibility to terminate therapeutic persistence. This law however does not deal with legalising active euthanasia or assisted suicide. Patients get two possibilities: firstly, a right to "deep and continuous sedation until death", i.e. a right to fall asleep before dying without suffering. A patient with a serious and incurable disease
D2KDay (Dying to Know Day) is officially celebrated on August 8th each year in Australia.
Since 2013, Right to Die Europe (RtD-Europe) has taken a participatory status (INGO) with the Council of Europe (CoE). This European institution – amongst others - engages with human rights and therefore has a special Human Rights Committee. The conference of INGO’s, working