Copenhagen (1990) (excerpts)

Copenhagen 1990

(5) [The participating States] solemnly declare that among those elements of justice which are
essential to the full expression of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights
of all human beings are the following:


(5.9) - all persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the
equal protection of the law. In this respect, the law will prohibit any discrimination and guarantee
to all persons equal and effective protection against discrimination on any ground;


(25.3) - measures derogating from obligations will be limited to the extent strictly required by
the exigencies of the situation;

(25.4) - such measures will not discriminate solely on the grounds of race, colour, sex, language,
religion, social origin or of belonging to a minority.


(31) Persons belonging to national minorities have the right to exercise fully and effectively
their human rights and fundamental freedoms without any discrimination and in full equality
before the law.
The participating States will adopt, where necessary, special measures for the purpose of ensuring
to persons belonging to national minorities full equality with the other citizens in the
exercise and enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.