European Human Rights Convention: better protection against discrimination


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European Human Rights Convention: better protection against
discrimination



Council of Europe Press Release
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European Human Rights Convention: better protection against
discrimination

STRASBOURG, 27.06.2000 - The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers
has just adopted Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human
Rights, which provides for a general prohibition of discrimination.
The current non-discrimination provision of the Convention (Article
14) is of a limited kind because it only prohibits discrimination in
the enjoyment of one or the other rights guaranteed by the
Convention(*). The new Protocol removes this limitation and guarantees
that no-one shall be discriminated against on any ground by any public
authority.

Council of Europe Secretary General Walter SCHWIMMER stated: "the
adoption of Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights
means an important improvement for the legal protection from
discrimination at European level. It will contribute not only to the
fight against racism and intolerance and to furthering equality
between women and men, but also to eradicating other forms of
discrimination. This decision is also both appropriate and timely in
this year of the 50th anniversary of the European Convention on Human
Rights and of European preparations for the World Conference against
Racism."

The Protocol will be opened for signature by member States on 4
November 2000 in Rome, on the occasion of the European Ministerial
Conference on Human Rights.


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(*) Article 14 : The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in
this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground
such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other
opinion, national or social origin, association with a national
minority, property, birth or other status.


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