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 2nd November World Right to Die Day


WFRtDS calls on society to take up the challenge and become involved in the debate on  the fundamental human right to choose the manner and time of our death,  with dignity, and where possible or necessary, assisted by professionals.


Since the Paris WF Conference in 2008, 2 November is celebrated as World Right to Die Day. In a number of countries other than in France, this day will be held:

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FRANCE: next to the usual big meeting on the Place de la République (over 400 expected, including MP's, journalists and celebrities), public meetings will take place in big cities like Bordeaux, Nice, Marseille and local events (trees planting, balloons, lectures) throughout France.

ITALY: manifestations in Roma, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence and Torino; visit EXIT ITalia website

MEXICO: an event in Puebla, a very beautiful citiy two hours away from México City, regarding the right to die with dignity. ‎We will have a contest of "catrinas" (Mexican death symbols) and an "Altar de Muertos" which is an altar that us Mexican built in our houses each November 2nd

NEW ZEALAND: promotion of the World Right to Die Day will take place (on a Saturday, exact date as yet unknown) in two centres in New Zealand - in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast, and in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty.

VENEZUELA: Professor Rafael Aguiar - president of former WFRtDS member DMD Venezuela -  will present the issue of "the Right to Die with Dignity" commemorating the World Right to Die Day on three occasions: October 23 at the 30th National Congress of the Venezuelan Association for Intensive Medicine; October  26 at a special conference at Law School of Metropolitan University Caracas; and November 4 during II Binational Congress of Legal Medicine in Mérida

Press statement WF President re New Zealand Police raids
Oct 26, 2016

WFRtDS President Sean Davison sent out a a media release (see below) about  Wellington (NZ) police that may have used an alcohol checkpoint to gather information about elderly women attending euthanasia meetings. The women had been attending an Exit International meeting on a Sunday afternoon early this month in the Lower Hutt suburb of Maungaraki. As they left, about 4pm, all

First steps in New Jersey: Assembly passed Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act
Oct 24, 2016

The New Jersey Assembly passed bill A 2451 ‘Aid in Dying or the Terminally Ill Act’ by a 41-28 vote with five abstentions. This act would allow people facing a terminal illness and less than six months left to live, to end their lives by taking lethal drugs prescribed by their physician. Physicians will not be prosecuted when

Excitement in Washington DC
Oct 16, 2016

On October 5, 2016 the Committee on Health and Human Services of the Council of the District of Columbia approved an important assisted dying bill. With their 3-2 markup vote, Councilmembers took a crucial step to providing District residents with more autonomy in their final days. The bill now moves to the full Council for a vote on October 18.

New Swiss member for WFRtDS: Vita Perfecta
Oct 16, 2016

Vita Perfecta is admitted as interim member of WFRtDS. Visit their website (in progress).

The World Federation

The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 52 right to die organizations from 22 countries. The Federation provides an international link for organizations working to secure or protect the rights of individuals to self-determination at the end of their lives.

Joining Information

If you are interested in inquiring about or even acquiring - as a Society -  membership, please read the Joining information and complete the application-form in it. 

Official languages

The official language of the WFRtDS is English, reason why information on this site is mainly published in that language. Where available or applicable, some information is also published in other languages (French, German or Spanish). 

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