Right to death

This will be interesting. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has agreed to hear a legal case brought against Belgium by a man who claims his depressed mother was wrongly euthanised. The case will take many months if not years.

Tom Mortier has taken the case to the ECHR, arguing that the euthanisation of 64 year old Godelieva De Troyer was a fundamental violation of her basic human rights. She had been depressed for years and – after having her request for euthanasia, which is legal in Belgium, turned down by her GP – she contacted Wim Distelmans, who co-chairs Belgium’s euthanasia review commission. She died by lethal injection at a hospital in 2012.

Perhaps because she anticipated his opposition, she did not inform her son of her decision.

More than 10,000 people have been euthanised in Belgium since the practice was legalized in 2002

Picture source: Adrian Grycuk