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The Leonetti/Claeys End-of-Life law came into force this month. The text was adopted in February 2016, after several years of debate and creates new rights for patients at the end of life. The End of life Act completes the Leonetti law which, since 2005, grants a right to let to die and gives the possibility to terminate therapeutic persistence. This law however does not deal with legalising active euthanasia or assisted suicide. Patients get two possibilities: firstly, a right to "deep and continuous sedation until death", i.e. a right to fall asleep before dying without suffering. A patient with a serious and incurable disease
D2KDay (Dying to Know Day) is officially celebrated on August 8th each year in Australia.
Since 2013, Right to Die Europe (RtD-Europe) has taken a participatory status (INGO) with the Council of Europe (CoE). This European institution – amongst others - engages with human rights and therefore has a special Human Rights Committee. The conference of INGO’s, working
The South African Government is appealing in the Robyn Stransham-Ford ruling in November. Dignity SA will
AAVIVRE..sa fin de vie published its Newsletter no 10 (in French only).
At the WF Conference Euthanasia2016 in Amsterdam, a documentary called "Mothers don't jump off buildings" was screened, directed by Elena Lindemans. Her mother struggles for a long time with an unbearable mental illness before she asked for euthanasia. The request is not processed. On 25 February 2002
NVVE sent all participants a final Newsletter from the Euthanasia2016 Conference. It is a good occasion to go to links with updates on what went on there. NB!! the website of the WF is reported wrongly; it is www.worldrtd.net.
TheJournal of the American Medical Association published an article in their June edition, titled Attitudes and Practices of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in the United States, Canada, and Europe. An international panel of researchers reviewed polling data and published surveys of the public and physicians, official state and
(from ERGO): Interest in choosing how and when to die has risen dramatically of late. More than 1,200 people underwent an assisted suicide in Switzerland last year, over a third more than in the previous year. In 2014, 742 people (320 men and 422 women) chose an assisted suicide, according to the Federal Statistical Office. In 2003 it was 187. This is interesting because Switzerland