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Japan Society for the Right to Die JSDD publishes its Newsletter nr. 143, to be downloaded here.
downloaded here.Canada Dying with Dignity presents its December 2011 Newsletter, to be
One of the members of the Dutch group Of Free Will wrote an instructive booklet about the ideas and intentions behind the group that started a Citizen's Initiative last year to (successfully) get the Dutch Parliament to put the Right to Die in cases of Completed Life on the agenda. The initiative was supported by more then 110.000 people. (see news-item on this website of february 19, 2010 "Completed Life" and the right to choose).
The End-of-life Care Research Group (from Universities of Ghent and VU Brussels) would like to invite you to the public seminar of the Alliance Research Group End-of-Life-Care on
Wednesday December 14, 2011 from 4pm to 6pm, in the Auditorium TI, building K at the Jette campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
South African prof. Sean Davison, who helped his terminally ill mother commit suicide in New Zealand in 2006, today received 5 months home detention.The Judge accepted his motive was mercy, not personal gain, and that his mother put him under pressure to help her die but that the law must uphold the sanctity of life. Bishop Desmond Tutu had asked the New Zealnd court for clemency and for deleting the charge of incitement to suicide from the verdict, both requests were obviously granted. He now pleaded guilty only to procurement and assistance with suicide.
From the USA we received the news that Georgia's attorney general (AG) Samuel S Olens advised that his state’s law against “assisting a suicide” does not cover aid in dying. His brief filed in a case pending before the Georgia Supreme Court (against four members of Final Exit Network) represents that the statute does not reach private acts between patients and their physicians.
A group of well known Dutch researchers, headed by Mette L Rurup from VUmc Amsterdam, has recently published the results of their Qualitative Interview Study "Understanding why older people develop a wish to die". In a second article they reported on a Quantitative Study of prevalence and associated factors of "Wishes to die in older people".
Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens, saw his Private Members Bill to remove federal ministerial veto power over Territory laws pass the Australian House of Representatives. This veto-power was the reason Northern Territory's Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 was withdrawn after half a year, resulting in the current legal situation in Australia.
On November 2, for the 4th time the World Right to Die Day was celebrated. In a couple of European countries meetings took place. The Paris (France) meeting organised by ADMD France took place as former meetings on the Parvis de Droits de l'homme at the Trocadéro, the place where the first Right to Die Day - an initiative of ADMD France's president Jean-Luc Roméro - took place. On this occasion ADMD France launched a large publicity campaign in favor of legalisation of euthanasia, leading up to the French elections in March 2012, with broad national media appearances.