VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING AS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT IN THE EU - Petition to the European Parliament

In order to guarantee the right to voluntary assisted dying, the European Union should take the following measures:
 

 

  • 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 organizations supporting the petition are:

  1. Associazione Luca Coscioni (Italy)
  2. Eumans (EU)
  3. Volt Europa (EU)
  4. ÖGHL "Austrian Society for a Humane End of Life" (Austria)
  5. Association pour le Droit de Mourir dans la Dignité (Belgium)
  6. Secular Studies Association Brussels (Belgium)
  7. Palliative Care (Belgium) (Belgium)
  8. Centre d’action laïque – CAL (Belgium)
  9. RTD (Denmark)
  10. Union of Freethinkers of Finland (Finland)
  11. Association pour le Droit de Mourir dans la Dignité (France)
  12. Ultime liberté (France)
  13. DGHS Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Humanisch Sterben (Germany)
  14. Humanist Union of Greece (Greece)
  15. Lífsvirðing, félag um dánaraðstoð (Iceland)
  16. End of Life Ireland (Ireland)
  17. Humanist Association of Ireland (Ireland)
  18. Allianz vun Humanisten, Atheisten an Agnostiker zu Lëtzebuerg  (Luxembourg)
  19. Humanists Malta (Malta)
  20. NVVE - Nederlandse Vereniging voor een Vrijwillig Levenseinde (Netherland)
  21. Stichting Levenseinderegie (Nederland) 
  22. Freedom from Religion Foundation (Poland)
  23. Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation (Poland)
  24. Association for Republicanism and Secularism (Portugal)
  25. The Romanian Secular-Humanist Association (Romania)
  26. SREBRNA nit (Slovenia)
  27. Derecho a morir dignamente - DMD SPAIN (Spain)
  28. AFDMD-Asociación Federal Derecho a Morir Dignamente (Spain)
  29. Dignitas - To live with dignity (Switzerland)
  30. Lifecircle (Switzerland)
  31. Pegasus Swiss Association (Switzerland)
  32. My Death, My Decision (United Kingdom)
  33.  Humanists International 
  34. World Federation of Right to Die societies

 

 

 

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