Right-to-die campaigner and Humanists UK patron
Paul Lamb is a campaigner for the right to die, fighting for a change in the law to allow assisted dying in the UK.
Humanists UK supported Paul who joined forced with Jane Nicklinson to bring a landmark right-to-die case which spanned 2012 to 2015. Paul and Jane took the case to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and eventually the European Court of Human Rights, with the ECHR in 2015 dismissing their case but leaving open the possibility of a future UK court decision which might legalise assisted dying.
Paul was severely injured in a car accident in 1990 and has no function in any of his limbs apart from a little movement in his right hand. In 2013, he said:
“I am in pain every single hour of every single day. I have lived with these conditions for a lot of years and have given it my best shot. I am fed up of going through the motions of life rather than living it. I feel enough is enough.”
Paul continues to be a stalwart crusader for a more humane assisted dying law across the UK which would allow individuals suffering from terminal or incurable illnesses to have autonomy, dignity, and humanity in their deaths.
At the Humanists UK Convention in Cambridge in 2017, Paul delivered a talk to a packed Corn Exchange about his fight an assisted death. You can watch Paul’s moving and incredibly honest account titled, My Right to Die, below.
Humanists UK has appointed Paul as a patron in recognition of his many years of hard-fought campaigning for greater dignity and autonomy for people who suffer from debilitating conditions.