Article 14 - Right not to be discriminated against

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.

What does this right mean?

A person cannot be discriminated against in respect of the other Convention rights.

When could this be relevant?

  • Ensuring that people are not denied services, facilities or treatment solely on the basis of their age

  • Commitment to improving mental health services for people from black and minority ethnic groups

  • Non-English speakers being presented with health options without an interpreter.

Story example of Article 14 issue

Tracy is a transsexual. She works in a care home. Although she is much happier living life as a woman she is still self-conscious. Recently some of her colleagues have objected to Tracy using the staff toilet facilities. The manager has asked Tracy to use only the facilities in the reception area as he does not want to create a fuss. She feels this infringes not only her right to privacy but also that she is being discriminated against.