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Right to Die Europe elects new Board for 2013-2015
Jun 16, 2013

At their Biennial Meeting - organised by Libera Uscita - in Rome, RtD-Europe elected a new Board. Aycke Smook (NL) continues as President, Mireille Kies (L), Jet van Hoek (B) as secretary, Hugh Wynne (UK) as treasurer, and Enrico Bertrand Cattinari (I) were elected as Directors for 2013 -2015.

Next to sharing experiences between member societies and showing impressive documentaries

Quebec tables Right to Die Bill
Jun 13, 2013

On June 12, 2013, The National Assembly of Quebec tabled Bill 52, historic legislation in support of better end-of-life care, including the right to medically assisted dying for the grievously ill. The tabling of the bill was met with a standing ovation.
If this legislation becomes law, Quebec will become the first Canadian jurisdiction to legalize

Libera Uscita publishes Newsletter Il Punto no 107
Jun 13, 2013

Libera Uscita publishes their Newsletter Il Punto (no 107), to be read here (in Italian)

Dying with Dignity Canada publishes its May 2013 Newsletter
Jun 13, 2013

Dying with Dignity Canada publishes its May 2013 Newsletter Voice for Choice. It can be read here.

10th Australian Right to Die Society granted interim membership
Jun 12, 2013

Dying with Dignity Australian Capital Territory (DWD ACT) has been granted interim membership of the WFRtDS, which now has 52 members from 27 countries. For information click here.

Belgian book on euthanasia now available in downloadable form in English
May 30, 2013

Alain Canneel has written a book ("Pour une loi sur l'euthanasie et l'aide au suicide: l'exemple belge" - ISBN 978-2-9535174-2-2) which, in the first part, describes his personal experience of his wife's battle with cancer and her final release by euthanasia and,

Irish Supreme Court rules in MS sufferer's case
May 30, 2013

The Irish Times reported: Terminally ill multiple sclerosis sufferer Marie Fleming (see our earlier reports here) has lost her landmark court challenge to the blanket ban on assisted suicide. The right to life under the [Irish] Constitution "does not import a right to die" in this "very tragic case" , the Supreme Court ruled. While suicide is no longer a crime here, that does not mean there is a constitutional right to suicide, the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Susan Denham, said.

Important UK attempt: Lord Falconer tabled Bill on Assisted Dying in House of Lords
May 30, 2013

On May 15, 2013, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, QC tabled a Bill on Assisted Dying in the House of Lords.

European Court of Human Rights calls on Swiss Government to clarify assisted suicide laws
May 30, 2013

An elderly Swiss woman who would rather end her life now than decline further in health found sympathy Tuesday from the European Court of Human Rights, which called on the Swiss to clarify their laws on so-called passive assisted suicide.  The Strasbourg, France-based court said Switzerland must specify whether its laws are meant to include people not suffering from terminal illnesses and, if so, spell out the conditions under which they can end their lives.

New Right to Die Society in Africa, Cameroun
May 30, 2013

As a third African Society Association Camerounaise pour le Droit de Mourir dans la Dignité, has been granted interim membership of WFRtDS. Visit for details on this society our Members Organization page of this site.


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