Pretty case against United Kingdom

The Diane Pretty v. United Kingdom judgment ofis a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on euthanasia have had an international impact Note 1 .

Diane Pretty, in the name of the ” right to a decent life “, demanded permission to ask her husband to end her life by protecting her husband fromcriminal prosecution. Diane Pretty was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at an advanced stage disease that inevitably leads to death in suffering 2 , and was no longer able to stop herself to her days 3 . This request was refused by the United Kingdom because it contravened local legislation, assimilating assisted suicide to murder .

Diane Pretty is finally dead, the Ie eleven days after the refusal of the ECHR 4 .

Notes and references

Notes

  1. a and b Thus, it is even explained at length in an information document of the United Nations in the page on euthanasia ( Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights , Box 52: “The case Pretty v. Kingdom (2002) “, in Human rights: a guide for parliamentarians , Nº 8 – 2005, p.91, read online  [ archive ] ). The judgment did likewise subject to a special notice on a public document ECHR celebrating these 20 years ( ECHR , “The European Court of Human Rights: Country Fact Sheets, 1959-2009,” United United Kingdom , p 68, 2009, read online  [ archive ] ).
  2. ↑ This time the protection sought is not that of Article 2 but that of Article 8 (private life).

1 2 Thus, it is even explained at length in an UN informative document in the page on euthanasia (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Box 52: “Pretty v. The United Kingdom (2002) “, in Human Rights: A Guide for Parliamentarians, No. 8 – 2005, p.91, read online). The judgment also makes the subject of a special notice on a public document of the ECHR celebrating its 20th anniversary (CEDH, “The European Court of Human Rights: Fact Sheets by Country, 1959-2009” ↑ This time the protection sought is not that of Article 2 but that of Article 8 (private life).

References

  1. ↑ Case of Koch v. Germany ( n o 497/09) of 19 July 2012 ( read online  [ archive ] )
  2. ↑ “She suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting motor neurons within the central nervous system and causes gradual deterioration of cells that control the voluntary muscles of the body. Its development leads to severe weakening of the arms and legs as well as muscles involved in breath control. Death usually occurs as a result of problems of respiratory insufficiency and pneumonia due to the weakness of the respiratory muscles and those that control speech and swallowing. No treatment can stop the progression of the disease. ” ( Stop Diane Pretty , 7.)
  3. ↑ “She kept all his mental faculties and wants to take the measures appear to it necessary to bring a peaceful end to his life, the timing of it. Now his physical invalidity is now such that it is impossible for him, without help, to put an end to his own life. ” ( Stop Diane Pretty , 14.)
  4. ↑ The Encyclopedia of the Agora , Dossier: Encyclopedia on Death, “Diane Pretty”, read online  [ Archive ]

Source

  • ECHR , Case of Pretty v. United Kingdom (application 2346/02) , ( Read online  [ archive ] )