The decision is in in respect to my earlier post about a court case at the European Court of Human Rights. (see earlier post HERE)
It seems as though the EU still have an understanding of what family and private rights are in terms of both the EU and the UN conventions.
The DW website put it this way:
Europe's top court on Thursday decided not to issue a ruling on the right to assisted suicide, saying this duty fell to individual countries.
The judges chose not to rule on whether German woman Bettina Koch should have been permitted to seek medically-assisted suicide. She ultimately went to Switzerland in 2005, where such a practice is allowed, and sought help from the company Dignitas.
Her widower Ulrich Koch had pursued the case after her death in Germany, and then in Strasbourg.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) did rule, however, that the German courts were negligent in refusing to hear the woman's case and the subsequent, posthumous appeals filed by her husband.
Read more HERE.
Wesley Smith put it this way:
The European Court of Human Rights has refused to impose euthanasia on the EU based on the right to family life. From the Reuters story:
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that it’s up to individual countries to decide on euthanasia. It also decided, however, that the German courts should not have thrown out a widower’s appeals. Europe’s top court on Thursday decided not to issue a ruling on the right to assisted suicide, saying this duty fell to individual countries.
Good. There is no fundamental right to be killed.