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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.
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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 their Newsletter Il Punto (no 107), to be read here (in Italian)
Libera Uscita pubblica la loro newsletter Il Punto (no 107), da leggere qui (in italiano)
Dying with Dignity Canada publishes its May 2013 Newsletter Voice for Choice. It can be read here.
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.
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.
On May 15, 2013, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, QC tabled a Bill on Assisted Dying in the House of Lords.
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.