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The Farewell Party
Oct 1, 2015

The FAREWELL PARTY is a jet-black comedy about friendship and saying goodbye. A group of friends in an old people's home in Jerusalem builds a machine with which you can commit euthanasia. They want to help a friend with a dignified end to his life. But as soon as the other residents get air of the existence of this machine,  a lot more people do want to make use of it. This presents the group of friends with an emotional dilemma. A "must see". The FAREWELL PARTY

UK MP's reject law changes
Oct 1, 2015

Despite massive public support, MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. In a passionate debate, some argued the plans allowed a "dignified and peaceful death" while others said they were "totally unacceptable". Pro-assisted dying campaigners said the result showed

European Court of Human Rights points at national Parliaments to change laws
Oct 1, 2015

An attempt to overturn the UK law on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia by appealing to the European court of human rights has failed. The Strasbourg court has rejected as inadmissible applications by Jane Nicklinson, whose husband Tony suffered from locked-in syndrome, and Paul Lamb, who was paralysed following a car crash.
The seven-judge panel on the ECHR unanimously dismissed Mrs Nicklinson's claim on the grounds that it was for the national parliament to decide on such a sensitive issue.

German Bundestag to debate on new legislation covering assisted suicide
Oct 1, 2015

According to a report by a study commission in the German parliament leaked to "Die Welt" newspaper, three of the draft bills currently under discussion in the German parliament are unconstitutional - on the grounds that the definitions they contain would be hard to enforce. The Bundestag is due to vote on proposals to restrict its liberal assisted suicide laws this autumn, with many members concerned about organizations that offer assisted suicide services. Germany has no legislation covering assisted suicide at all at the moment - as long as they administer the fatal drug to themselves, it is legal

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 158
Oct 1, 2015

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 158; read the English summary here.

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 3, 2015 published
Oct 1, 2015

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 3, 2015 published. Read the English summary here. The Dutch RELEVANT can be seen/read here.

ADMD Belgium published its Newsletter nr 136
Oct 1, 2015

Belgian ADMD published its second quarter 2015 Newsletter nr 136 (in French). Read it here.

Book on end -of life decision making: Do Go Gentle
Sep 20, 2015

A Californian emergency physician writes down his experiences with the death of his father after a devastating stroke. Chris Stookey: "Though death by terminal dehydration was preferable to a drawn out death in the ICU or in a nursing home, death by dehydration was nonetheless a less than ideal way to die. My father would have preferred

Crowdfunding request for Canadian short film.
Sep 19, 2015

Based on the real life experience of the author's late father and herself, Ilanna S. Mandel wants to honour that journey, as well as support the cause of dying with dignity. Ilanna and her team request that you take a look at their campaign and view the project. If you feel comfortable with doing so, they ask that you support what they seek to achieve.

Visit the link to their project.

Petition (9000 signatures) asking for legalisation in New Zealand presented
Jul 14, 2015

End-of-Life Choice VES New Zealand has been gathering signatures on a petition to the Parliament to legalise assisted dying. Since the start in March 9000 individuals signed the petition presented by Maryan Street (one of the initiators of NZ Bill) and matt Vickers (husband of late Lecretia Seales) to the NZ Parliament. See the report of it here.

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