ONLINE PRESS CONFERENCE: 28 END-OF-LIFE NGOs TO LAUNCH PETITION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING AS FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT

 

 

Eumans is pleased to announce the following press conference:

March 26 at 11, online LINK

28 non-governmental organizations focusing on end-of-life decisions and civil liberties from across Europe have made an unprecedented move by deciding to join forces in a pan-European effort to reinforce the right to self-determination within the European Union.

Panelists

  • Marco Cappato, Associazione Luca Coscioni (Italy) 
  • Carmen Ballbé, Derecho a morir dignamente - DMD (Spain)
  • Heidemarie Hurtl, ÖGHL Österreichische Gesellschaft für ein humanes Lebensende (Austria)
  • Jaqueline Herremans - Association pour le Droit de Mourir dans la Dignité (Belgium)
  • Janie Lazar - Chair of End of Life (Ireland)
  • Justin McKenna - Notary Public, Partners at Law LLP (Ireland)
  • Yvette Schuijt, Nederlandse Vereniging voor een vrijwillig Levenseinde - Dutch right to die society -  Netherlands

 

To ensure the right to voluntary assisted dying, the proponents will collect signatures for a petition to the European Parliament, requesting the European Union to adopt the following measures:

  • the inclusion of the right to voluntary assisted dying in “The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union”;
  • an EU legislation to enforce the “individuals right to decide by what means and at what point their lives will end, provided this person is capable of freely reaching a decision on this question and acting in consequence”, which is considered by the European Court of Human Rights as “one of the aspects of the right to respect for private life”, in particular, proper professional assistance to end of life decisions should be provided in the EU;
  • the mutual recognition of living will declarations and advanced directives within the EU, for those arrangements compatible with the law of the member state where the person is at the moment of need; to this end, an EU database will be created in order to facilitate access to national living will depositories when needed, in full compliance  with the fundamental right to privacy;
  • the convening of a European Citizens’ Assembly by sortition to discuss and propose possible European measures to approach the issue of the right to die in a dignified way

 

The petition will be proposed to all candidates across the political spectrum to the next European election.

 

The organizations are:

  1. Associazione Luca Coscioni (Italy)
  2. Eumans (Italy)
  3. ÖGHL "Austrian Society for a Humane End of Life" (Austria)
  4. Association pour le Droit de Mourir dans la Dignité (Belgium)
  5. Secular Studies Association Brussels (Belgium)
  6. Palliative Care (Belgium) 
  7. Centre d’action laïque – CAL (Belgium)
  8. RTD (Denmark)
  9. Union of Freethinkers of Finland (Finland)
  10. Association pour le Droit de Mourir dans la Dignité (France)
  11. Ultime liberté (France)
  12. Humanist Union of Greece (Greece)
  13. Lífsvirðing, félag um dánaraðstoð (Iceland)
  14. End of Life Ireland (Ireland)
  15. Humanist Association of Ireland (Ireland) 
  16. Allianz vun Humanisten, Atheisten an Agnostiker zu Lëtzebuerg  (Luxembourg)
  17. Humanists Malta (Malta)
  18. NVVE - Nederlandse Vereniging voor een Vrijwillig Levenseinde (The Netherlands)
  19. Volt Europa - Nederland (The Netherlands)
  20. Freedom from Religion Foundation (Poland)
  21. Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation (Poland)
  22. Association for Republicanism and Secularism (Portugal)
  23. Asociația Secular-Umanistă din România (Romania)
  24. Derecho a morir dignamente - DMD SPAIN (Spain)
  25. Dignitas - To live with dignity - To die with dignity (Switzerland)
  26. Lifecircle (Switzerland)
  27. My Death, My Decision (United Kingdom)
  28. World Federation of Right to Die Societies