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DMD Colombia publishes its Newsletter nr 66
Nov 27, 2018

DMD Colombia publishes its Newsletter nr 66. Read it here. (Spanish)

Further steps in charges against Sean Davison
Nov 16, 2018

As was expected - the next court session was planned for today, 16 November - the prosecutor added another charge of "premeditated murder" in connection with the death of Justin Varian - who had motor neuron disease - using helium gas, on July 25, 2015. Sean next appears on the 29th of January 2019 where an additional charge will be added.

Nov 16, 2018

WFRtDS published open letter to the Pope. Download it here and feel free to use it wherever needed!

DWD NC publishes annual report 2017/2018
Oct 30, 2018

DWD NC publishes its annual report 2017/2018, read it

Canadian article regarding medical assistance in Dying and mental illness
Oct 30, 2018

The conclusion in a paper "A Response to Popular Arguments Against Permitting Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) where Mental Illness Is the Sole Underlying Condition" from Justine Dembo, Udo Schuklenk and Jonathan Reggler in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry (April 2018) reads: "Throughout much of history, society and medical professionals have made

#Assisted Dying 2018 presentations
Oct 8, 2018

From today all presentations at the Cape Town Conference can be seen by clicking here.

WFRtDS published statement regarding arrest Sean Davison
Sep 25, 2018

The World Federation of Right to Die Societies notes the recent arrest of its President Sean Davison on the charge of the murder of 43-year-old doctor Anrich Burger‚ who was left a quadriplegic after an accident in 2005. Anrich Burger’s death occurred in 2013. 

The facts of this matter will be determined by the courts in South Africa, nevertheless the World Federation of Right to Die Societies wishes it to be known that it commends those who support others who wish to have a peaceful death of their choosing.

Sean Davison, President WFRtDS arrested
Sep 20, 2018

Sean Davison, President of the WFRtDS has been arrested yesterday in connection with the death in 2013 of 43-year-old doctor Anrich Burger‚ who was left a quadriplegic after an accident in 2005. The University of the Western Cape professor was due to appear in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and was expected to apply for bail. Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said: “This office can confirm that a 57-year-old man was arrested on a charge of murder yesterday relating to an incident in Sea Point on November 2‚ 2013‚ which led to the death of a 43-year-old man." Read more details here.

20 september 2018:

Sean has left the policy cell on bail. Read details on

More information on background of the situation in:

News to follow as soon as more is known.

Overview of UK failing assisted suicide legalisation
Sep 16, 2018

During the WF Conference in Cape Town in September 2018, Elena Tudosie presented the case of assisted suicide legalisation and UK law, failing to protect the vulnerable.  See her presentation here.

WFRtDS Awards 2018 presented in Cape Town South Africa
Sep 8, 2018

For the occasion of the 2018 biennial meetings of WFRtDS, 2  Awards have been presented to: Marco Cappato, Italy (the Martilynne Seguin Award) and Dr Stefanie Green from Canada (the Health Professional Award). The WFRtDS Committee wishes to congratulate both for their relentless work and inspirational input for the Right to Die with Dignity, each in their own field and expertise.