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Film Festival THE END in Amsterdam 7-12 February, 2012
Feb 4, 2012

From 7 to 12 February 2012, NVVE Dutch RtD Society organises the first ever Film & Documentary Festival "THE END", aimed at Euthanasia and other end-of-life choices. This Festival forms part of the "Week of Euthanasia" (6-12 February, 2012), a celebration of 10 years legal Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands, since on 1rst April 2002 the Euthanasia Law came into effect.

Death with Dignity Introduced in the Massachusetts State House
Feb 3, 2012

According to a publication on the website of Death with Dignity National Center Massachusetts will - after gathering the requisite number of signatures - send an iniatitive on assisted suicide to the Massachusetts legislature. Pegg Sandeen, DwD National Center's Executive Director, analyses this new development on her blog "Living with Dying". Read it here.

RtD-Europe choses new Board
Feb 3, 2012

Right to Die Europe has chosen a new board at its meeting in Luxembourg in September 2011. For 2011 - 2013 it will be constituted as follows:

Aycke Smook (NL)  President

Nathalie Andrews (Be)  Secretary

Michael Irwin (UK)  Treasurer

Mireille Kies (Lux)

Flemming Schollaert (Dk)


RtD-Europe's website will be mastered by Patrick Brücher from Luxembourg.

NVVE, Dutch RtD publishes its Magazine Relevant 1-2012
Feb 3, 2012

NVVE, Dutch RtD publishes its quarterly magazine Relevant nr 1 - 2012. The English summary can be downloaded here.

Dutch readers can find  the PDF copy here.

Survey shows 2/3 majority of Canadians in support for assisted suicide
Feb 3, 2012

Tom Blackwell of the Canadian National Post reported begin 20122 about the Forum Research Survey held on December 13th 2011, both in Quebec and outside. This survey showed a massive suppoirt of 67% for legalizing assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. This survey was conducted just a week before the British Columbia  Supreme Court sessions on the Carter vs BC  case was finished.

UK Commission on Assisted Dying released long awaited report
Feb 3, 2012

The long awaited report from the Commission on Assisted Dying, named after its Chairman Lord Falconer was finally released this month.  Following a twelve month consultation period collecting evidence, the expert panel which makes up the Commission has published an evaluation of this evidence which aims to establish how an assisted dying law can work in practice. The  Commission concluded that the choice of assisted dying could be safely offered to terminally ill people who:

Final Exit Network USA published its Newsletter 11-1, January 2012
Jan 1, 2012

Final Exit Network USA published its Newsletter 11-1, January 2012It can be downloaded here.

Canada in the height of debate on the Right to Die
Dec 24, 2011

On November 14, 2011 the B.C Supreme Court case opened, in which Canada's laws against assisted suicide are on trial. This "Carter versus Attorney General of Canada and Attorney General of British Columbia" involves evidence that exceeds 10,000 pages of submissions, including over 100 affidavits and experts.

Dutch progressive Alzheimer patient receives euthanasia
Dec 20, 2011

A 64-year old Dutch woman, suffering from a progressive state of Alzheimer's, received euthanasia. The case was extensively reviewed by all (5) Review Committees and considered to be 'careful'- in compliance with the law.

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. 


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