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Italian campaign on Euthanasia in Parliament
Dec 29, 2014

Associazone Luca Coscione produced a video in which Italian citizens apeal to members of the Italian Parliament to - at least! -  table a parliamentary debate on the Euthanasia Law deposited already in September 2013 (!). See the video (English subtitles available) by clicking here.

Debate in Germany's Bundestag on euthanasia
Dec 29, 2014

Although no legalisation of any form of aid in dying is tabled, the Bundestag started a debate on euthanasia recently. Five caucuses have developed on the issue, mostly crossing party lines. Some want to tighten rules against euthanasia, and others to legalize it as Belgium and the Netherlands have done.
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Swedish Right to Die RTVD publishes its October 2014 magazine
Dec 27, 2014

RTVD Sweden published its newsletter, the “Bulletin No 77” in October 2014. The text is in Swedish but is published here for those Swedes abroad who may happen to read this. The main article, starting page 1, is a comprehensive report on the WF Congress in Chicago September 2014. Another article deals with our well known - to all of us - difficulties in trying to get space in newspapers about the fact that people suffer in connection with dying.

"How Angels Die: a Confession" book by Guy Blews about assisted suicide
Dec 27, 2014

Waldorf Publishing announces the release (November 2014) of the new book “How Angels Die: A Confession” by Guy Blews, a true story about assisted suicide. The movie, “37: A Final Promise” based on this true story premiered in movie theatres, August 2014.
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Pope Francis condemns euthanasia
Dec 27, 2014

Pope Francis has condemned euthanasia, calling it “a sin against God the creator”. The Roman Pontiff made the statement in an address to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors . The Pope criticised the logic of what he termed “false compassion”.

Australian educational video on human rights and euthanasia
Dec 27, 2014

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia is producing a series of videos on human rights issues called "Have You Got That Right?" The latest episode looks at euthanasia. It begins by illustrating how most people don't even have to think about this life and death issue in their own lives. It then explains the current state of human rights law (there is no right to voluntary euthanasia but human rights law does allow it as long as certain safeguards are in place) before finishing with a scene

The state of euthanasia in Europe
Dec 27, 2014

Medical Xpress published an article worthwhile reading, in which an overview of where and how "the Right to Die" is legalised or otherwise implemented. Read it here.

2014 World Right to Die Day
Dec 27, 2014

On November 2, 2014 ADMD-France organised their 7th World Right to Die Day in 100 (!) locations in France. New Zealand joined the initiative with their Kapiti-Horowhenua Branch. They celebrated one day earlier on November 1 with a stall, expecting better public attention on that day, the day Brittany Maynard chose to die. More pictures.

Developments in the UK
Dec 27, 2014

Lord Carlisle QC and Baroness Butler-Sloss, former head of the High Court Family Division, both vocal critics of the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill, called for judicial safeguards to prevent vulnerable people being pressurised to end their life.  The House of Lords unanimously backed key amendments giving a High Court judge a role in any future system of assisted suicide in the UK, during detailed scrutiny of Lord Falconer's proposals. It was the first time Parliament has voted on the bill and was hailed by campaigners

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 4, 2014 published
Dec 27, 2014

NVVE, the Dutch RtD Society, published the 3rd issue of 2014 of RELEVANT, their quarterly magazine.

An English summary can be read here.

The can be downloaded here.

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