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Equality and Non-Discrimination

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

Reserving to all Archbishops, Bishops, Abbots, Priors, Templars, Hospitallers, Earls, Barons, and all Persons, as well Spiritual as Temporal, all their free Liberties and free Customs, which they have had in time passed. And all these Customs and Liberties aforesaid, which We have granted to be holden within this our Realm, as much as appertaineth to Us and our Heirs, we shall observe; and all Men of this our Realm, as well Spiritual as Temporal, as much as in them is, shall observe the same against all Persons, in like wise. … (Magna Carta, Closing Text: General Saving. Observance of these Liberties. Subsidy, in respect of this Charter and Charter of the Forest)

Equality and Non-Discrimination

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

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. (Art. 14 of ECHR, Human Rights Act 1998 Schedule 1)

Equality and Non-Discrimination

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

… Equal opportunities, including the subject-matter of—
(a) the Equal Pay Act 1970,
(b) the Sex Discrimination Act 1975,
(c) the Race Relations Act 1976, and
(d) the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
(Scotland Act 1998, Part II – Specific Reservations, Sec. L2 – Equal Opportunities)4

Equality and Non-Discrimination

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

(1) A public authority shall in carrying out its functions relating to Northern Ireland have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity—
(a) between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation;
(b) between men and women generally;
… (Northern Ireland Act 1998, Sec. 75)

Judicial Protection

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

A person’s reliance on a Convention right does not restrict—
(a) any other right or freedom conferred on him by or under any law having effect in any part of the United Kingdom; or
(b) his right to make any claim or bring any proceedings which he could make or bring apart from sections 7 to 9. (Human Rights Act 1998, Sec. 11)

Obligations of the State

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

Nothing in this Convention may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein or at their limitation to a greater extent than is provided for in the Convention. (Art. 17 of ECHR, Human Rights Act 1998 Schedule 1)

Judicial Protection

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

(1) So far as it is possible to do so, primary legislation and subordinate legislation must be read and given effect in a way which is compatible with the Convention rights.  
(2)This section—
(a) applies to primary legislation and subordinate legislation whenever enacted;
(b) does not affect the validity, continuing operation or enforcement of any incompatible primary legislation; and
(c) does not affect the validity, continuing operation or enforcement of any incompatible subordinate legislation if (disregarding any possibility of revocation) primary legislation prevents removal of the incompatibility. (Human Rights Act 1998, Sec. 3)

Obligations of the State

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

(1) It is unlawful for a public authority to act in a way which is incompatible with a Convention right.
… (Human Rights Act 1998, Sec. 6)

Judicial Protection

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

(1) Subsection (2) applies in any proceedings in which a court determines whether a provision of primary legislation is compatible with a Convention right.
(2) If the court is satisfied that the provision is incompatible with a Convention right, it may make a declaration of that incompatibility.
(3) Subsection (4) applies in any proceedings in which a court determines whether a provision of subordinate legislation, made in the exercise of a power conferred by primary legislation, is compatible with a Convention right.
(4) If the court is satisfied—
(a) that the provision is incompatible with a Convention right, and
(b) that (disregarding any possibility of revocation) the primary legislation concerned prevents removal of the incompatibility,
it may make a declaration of that incompatibility.
(5) In this section “court” means—
(a) the Supreme Court;
(b) the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council;
(c) the Court Martial Appeal Court;
(d) in Scotland, the High Court of Justiciary sitting otherwise than as a trial court or the Court of Session;
(e) in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, the High Court or the Court of Appeal.
(f) the Court of Protection, in any matter being dealt with by the President of the Family Division, the Chancellor of the High Court or a puisne judge of the High Court. (Human Rights Act 1998, Sec. 4)

Obligations of the State

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, English

A person’s reliance on a Convention right does not restrict—
(a)any other right or freedom conferred on him by or under any law having effect in any part of the United Kingdom; or
(b)his right to make any claim or bring any proceedings which he could make or bring apart from sections 7 to 9. (Human Rights Act 1998, Sec. 11)