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WFRtDS Statement regarding arrest of Sean Davison

25 September 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. Its members are striving across the globe to make it possible for this to happen through regulation by the law.

The WFRtDS strongly condemns governments that continue to deny human beings ownership of their own bodies and control over their deaths by maintaining law that criminalizes those who assist others to die peacefully. 

The World Federation believes that governments across the world are assuming control of what is not their right to control, our bodies, and denying human beings the right to a peaceful death free of suffering at a time of their choice.

The WFRtDS wishes to express its admiration for Professor Davison’s courage and sincere engagement with those who are suffering at the end of life despite the ongoing persecution he has experienced by governments who maintain outdated, cruel law that forces its citizens to die of disease and to hang, gas or shoot themselves if they do not want that so-called ‘choice’.

The WFRtDS calls on all governments 1) to repeal the law that criminalizes those who assist people who wish to die peacefully and 2) to provide proper regulation of death within their health systems based on universally accepted human rights law.

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WFRtDS Conference 2018

  # ASSISTEDDYING: OUR HUMAN RIGHT IN THE 21st

                          CENTURY.

      All presentations from the Conference can be downloaded here.

#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 https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-09-19-sean-davison-out-on-r20000-bail-after-being-charged-with-murder/

More information on background of the situation in: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-09-20-timing-of-arrest-of-dignity-sa-director-sean-davison-questioned/

News to follow as soon as more is known.

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.



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