571. Prohibition of discrimination under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The European Convention on Human Rights provides that the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in the Convention must 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 status1. This does not provide a free-standing right to equality but confers such right only in respect of the enjoyment of other rights in the Convention2, many if not all of which promote equality in some way3.

There is also a Protocol to the Convention4 which provides that