In the Charlie Gard case, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has upheld "the decision of the British Courts and declared the application inadmissible". The Court stated that competent decisions had been taken by the domestic authorities and that British Court judgments had been "meticulous". The Court has therefore authorised an end to life support treatment for the British baby suffering from a rare genetic disorder. "The decision is final and lifts the interim measure put in place by the Court up until this point".
The hospital has announced that it would not rush the procedure and was not in any hurry "to change Charlie's care". Any change to his current treatment "would involve careful planning and discussion".
For further information:
- A British judge authorises doctors to allow a baby to die against the parents' wishes
- British Court is insensitive to appeals from parents to treat their sick child
- United Kingdom: The ECHR calls for interim treatment to continue for Charlie
- The British Supreme Court calls for Baby Charlie's life support treatment to end
- United Kingdom: Charlie kept alive pending a decision by the ECHR
Communiqué de presse de la CEDH (Cour européenne des droits de l'Homme) (27/06/2017)
The Guardian, Charlie Gard: European court rejects plea to intervene in life-support fight, (27/06/2017)