416. Protection of minority and cultural rights.

Although the European Convention on Human Rights is primarily concerned with the rights of individuals, the European Court of Human Rights has recognised1 the special position of individuals who identify as part of a disadvantaged or vulnerable minority group2, and the fact that specific consideration should be given to their needs and their different lifestyle, both in the relevant regulatory framework and in reaching decisions in particular cases3. There is thus a positive obligation imposed on contracting states by virtue of the right to respect for private life within Article 8 to facilitate the way of life of vulnerable