World Right to Die day

World Right to Die Day on 2 November 2021 The event of World Right to Die Day on 2 November 2021 sees a Call to law makers for better respect for the end-of-life choices of your citizens, please! Terminally ill patients and other suffering individuals are actually prevented from having their basic rights to die , as human beings , all these caused by Lawmakers. For this reason, November 2nd 2021 ,has been declared by World Federation of Right to Die Societies World Right to die day .A day for Right to Die Societies demand nothing but recognition for the inherent right to die. Here In Switzerland, the right to one’s own death is generally recognized. In a joint call, the six Swiss Self-Determination Associations request lawmakers to respect individual end-of-life decision and refers to the situation in Europe, where aid in dying is still a criminal offense in some countries. In Greece, Poland or England, aid in dying is punished with up to 14 years imprisonment. In Italy and France, severely suffering individuals have been begging for a humane solution for many years. In Germany and Portugal, opponents are at work who continuously try to block or narrow the right to decide on the time and manner of one’s own end in life. In places like progressive Scandinavia little is developing. Those in Europe who would like to cut short a long suffering often rely on the courage of medical physicians helping illegally, or they have to resort to a violent methods of suicide . With its liberal progressive access to physician-supported professionally accompanied suicide, Switzerland, for 40 years, has been an international role model for freedom of choice, self-determination, and self-responsibility in regard of “the last human right”. The six Swiss Self-Determination Associations engaging in this together count members close to the size of a Swiss Federal Political Party. Switzerland as an international role model The choice to decide on the time and manner of one’s own end in life is a human right and a personal decision, which has to be respected up front. In 2011, the European Court of Human Rights confirmed this. Since then, further court judgments, for example in Germany and in Austria, confirmed this right to freedom (editor’s note – although Austria have started the needless medication of the process). It includes making use of voluntary and professional assistance by others, so as to end one’s life in dignity. A growing number of countries enacts or at least discusses laws for professional assisted suicide and/or voluntary euthanasia, such as for example Spain, Portugal, Scotland, Australia, etc. With its progressive legislation in many areas, including medically assisted suicide, advance health care planning, terminal care planning,palliative care and good care for the aging, Switzerland sets a highly regarded example worldwide and that is why we can’t argue the fact it stands out . The Swiss Self-Determination Associations are committed to safeguarding and further developing this humanitarian approach. They do not only conduct physician-supported accompanied suicide within the frame of law in Switzerland. Even more they network with interfaces to hospitals, care facilities, hospices, health care professionals and technicians etc all over the World. In order to improve quality of care and freedom of choice given to Terminal Patients, they engage in a comprehensive approach to educate and fill in information gaps, both for seriously ill persons and for institutions and experts who treat and care for them. Empowerment through freedom of choice Despite remarkable progress in technology revolving around medical science, improved end-of-life options, patients’ rights, palliative and hospice care etc., not every patient finds relief and a quality of life they personally deem acceptable. All they wish for and should have a right ;is to end their suffering and life at home, at a time of their choice, legally, in a safe way, medically assisted professionally, and surrounded by their loved ones. According the Switzerland Law makers ,having it doesn’t necessarily mean using it. Sometimes , patients are just satisfied by the simple fact that , they know they can get it whenever their suffering becomes unbearable . They are relieved to know there is a safe “emergency exit” available; it gives them peace of mind and, most importantly, the will to live on and courage to live longer . Denying Freedom of choice and not allowing the possibility of voluntary suicide and corresponding help right from the outset leads to a person feeling rejected and left alone, increasing the likelihood that he or she will attempt a risky, lonely and most often painful suicide. This is often done by means that do not lead to death but instead cause even more suffering. Access to assisted dying is an element of suicide attempt prevention. Lawmakers should respect their citizens’ end-of life choices and grant that freedom , In a joint call, the 6 Swiss Self-Determination Associations remind lawmakers that citizens everywhere deserve to have the right and the freedom to end their suffering and life at home. For this, they should be allowed to make use of Medical or technical assistance, in order to do so in a safe manner and in presence of their loved ones so that they do not have to take on them the often painful and strenuous journey to Switzerland or a risky suicide attempt. It is time for lawmakers to respect their citizens’ freedom of choice and self-determination in end-of-life decisions in their own country. There is no reason why what has in practice worked well in Switzerland since 1982 should not work in other countries too. Let us vote this petition and share so it reaches as many terminally ill patients as we can . EXIT A.D.M.D. Suisse romande, Geneva EX International, Berne EXIT (Deutsche Schweiz), Zürich Lifecircle, Biel-Benken DIGNITAS – Forch Pegasos Swiss Association, Basel Contact :(+41) 152609762 ,(+1) 218 288 1755 ,(+31) 65783 8228

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