The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) was extended to the Bailiwick on the 23rd October 1953.

In relation to the prevention of discrimination the ECHR provides: “Article 14 – Prohibition of discrimination The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, 1927 colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.”

The Human Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2000 will have some effect in this area by virtue of the concept of discrimination adopted by the Convention organs. Violations of Article 14 are not generally found, however, unless the discrimination at issue is direct and overt. In addition, the Law is only binding in the fullest sense only on public authorities.