On 20 April 2014, Mr. Tom Mortier learned that his mother had been given a lethal injection at the Dutch-speaking university hospital, UZ Brussel. The patient had been suffering from chronic depression. In this case, euthanasia was administered by Dr. Wim Distelmans, doctor and Chairman of the Euthanasia Control Committee in Belgium. (Gènéthique press review on April 11th, 2014)
Today, the case has been brought to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has just announced that the case has been filed with the ECHR by Mr. Tom Mortier, the son. Mr. Mortier was not informed of his mother’s death until the following day, during a telephone conversation. He is therefore basing his case on the violation of “articles 2 (right to life), 8 (right to respect for private and family life) and 13 (right to an effective remedy) of the European Convention on Human Rights“.