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At the Delegates meeting in Amsterdam (May 11 & 14, 2016) the delegates elected a new Committee:
Sean Davison (South Africa) ) President
Jeanne Arthur (Aus) Secretary
Jean-Jacques Bise (CH) Treasurer
Soichi Iwao (Japan)
Derryck Smith (Canada)
This week - Tuesday April 26, 2016 - the Dutch Review Committee published their 2015 numbers. Main outcome is that the raise in numbers was 4% (in contrast to 2014 when the raise was 9% and 2013 when it was 13%). 5516 (2014: 5306) cases were reported. The number of euthanasia with dementia (2015: 109; 2014: 81) and psychiatry (2015: 56; 2014: 41) again rose. Jacob Kohnstamm (the new chair of the Review Committees) told the press when presenting the report: " What catches the eye is that the death rate
Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 161. Read the English summary here.
Julia Hanway, president of Hemlock Florida reports: "It is with great sadness that I am reporting on the death of Frank Kavanaugh, Hemlock of Florida board member and long-time advocate for the death with dignity movement. Frank was a great advocate and friend of the movement. He had graciously accepted a position on the Hemlock of Florida board, but had recently made it clear that he was increasingly devoting his time to his wife's care and could only participate as an adviser."
On May 28 this year (9 AM to 12.30 PM), the Flemish Right to Die Society RWS celebrates the 4th National Day for Dying with Dignity, with a meeting in Antwerp, Belgium. The theme for this meeting will be "Dementria and acquired incompetence". Speakers from Belgium and the Netherlands will highlight different aspects of dementia and end-of-life decisions. The venue:
Dying with Dignity NSW published its Newsletter edition 134. Read it here.
On April 14, 2016 Prime minister Justin Trudeau of Canada presented the long awaited bill (C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts [medical assistance in dying]) in Ottawa in the House of Commons for a first reading. The bill limits the medical assistance in dying to citizens and residents who are eligible to participate in the national health care system, an effort to prevent a surge in medical tourism among the dying from other countries. Under Canada’s proposed law, people