European Convention on Human Rights

Article 14 of the Convention:

" The enjoyment of the forth in this Convention rights and freedoms is guaranteed without discrimination on grounds of sex , race, skin colour, language , religion, political or other opinion , national or social origin, association to a national minority , property , birth or other status ".

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) contains civil and political rights such as the right to life, the prohibition of torture, slavery and forced labour, the right to liberty and security, the right to a fair trial, the principle of " no punishment without law", the respect of private and family life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression, the freedom of gatherings and associations and the right to marry. Additional Protocols guarantee rights such as the protection of property or the right to education.

In accordance with Article 14 of the Convention, these rights need to be guaranteed to all people without discrimination on grounds of gender, "race", colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status. Certain grounds of discrimination are recognized in Article 14, but not the discrimination due to chronic disease. However, the list is not exhaustive, so that the discrimination of people with chronic illness can be subsumed under the term "other status ". This was confirmed by the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

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