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Right to Die in the world. Where and how?
Dec 19, 2011

Recently ERGO published a list of jurisdictions where - in one  way or the other -  aid in dying is legalised. It appears that in 7 countries and 5 (USA) States this is the case. 

WFRtDS Newsletter issue 61, December 2011 published
Dec 15, 2011
Dutch Right to Die Society NVVE publishes its quarterly 4-2011
Dec 14, 2011

Dutch Right to Die Society NVVE published its quarterly Magazine RELEVANT nr 4.  An English Summary can be downloaded here. For Dutch copy click here.

Japanese Right to Die Society JSDD publishes its Newsletter 143
Dec 14, 2011

Japan Society for the Right to Die JSDD publishes its Newsletter nr. 143, to be downloaded here.

Canada Dying with Dignity DWD presents its December 2011 Newsletter
Dec 14, 2011

downloaded here.Canada Dying with Dignity presents its December 2011 Newsletter, to be

Right to Die and Completed Life in the Netherlands - an explanation
Nov 28, 2011

One of the members of the Dutch group Of Free Will wrote an instructive booklet about the ideas and intentions behind the group that started a Citizen's  Initiative last year to (successfully) get the Dutch Parliament to put the Right to Die in cases of Completed Life on the agenda. The initiative was supported by more then 110.000 people. (see news-item on this website of february 19, 2010  "Completed Life" and the right to choose).

Public Seminar of End-of-Life Care Alliance Research Group in Brussels
Nov 28, 2011


The End-of-life Care Research Group (from Universities of Ghent and VU Brussels) would like to invite you to the public seminar of the Alliance Research Group End-of-Life-Care on

Wednesday December 14, 2011 from 4pm to 6pm, in the Auditorium TI, building K at the Jette campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

South African Sean Davison sentenced for assisted suicide in New Zealand
Nov 24, 2011

South African prof. Sean Davison, who helped his terminally ill mother commit suicide in New Zealand in 2006, today received 5 months home detention.The Judge accepted his motive was mercy, not personal gain, and that his mother put him under pressure to help her die but that the law must uphold the sanctity of life.  Bishop Desmond Tutu had asked the New Zealnd court for clemency and for deleting the charge of incitement to suicide from the verdict, both requests were obviously granted. He now pleaded guilty only to procurement and assistance with suicide.

Is Georgia (USA) 4th state with legalised assisted suicide?
Nov 23, 2011

From the USA we received the news that Georgia's attorney general (AG) Samuel S Olens advised that his state’s law against “assisting a suicide” does not cover aid in dying. His brief filed in a case pending before the Georgia Supreme Court (against four members of Final Exit Network) represents that the statute does not reach private acts between patients and their physicians.

Results Dutch studies into wishes of older people to die
Nov 23, 2011

A group of well known Dutch researchers, headed by Mette L Rurup from VUmc Amsterdam, has recently published the results of their Qualitative Interview Study "Understanding why older people develop a wish to die". In a second article they reported on a Quantitative Study of prevalence and associated factors of "Wishes to die in older people".


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