Top human rights court throws out decision that permitted assisted suicide in Switzerland

Strasbourg, France — The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights Tuesday threw out a case filed against the Swiss government for its refusal to provide suicide drugs to a woman who did not suffer from any fatal disease. The Grand Chamber nullified an ECHR panel’s decision against Switzerland upon learning that Alda Gross, the woman at the center of the lawsuit, actually committed suicide in November 2011. In an apparent attempt to keep the lawsuit going after her death, no one notified the court or others involved in the lawsuit of her death or of the fact that she committed suicide using the very poison that she was attempting to secure through her lawsuit.

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