Part I: State
Obligations and Rights Protected
Chapter 1: General Obligations
Article 1. Obligation to Respect Rights
1.The States Parties to this Convention undertake to respect the rights and freedoms
recognized herein and to ensure to all persons subject to their jurisdiction the free and
full exercise of those rights and freedoms, without any discrimination for reasons of
race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social
origin, economic status, birth, or any other social condition.
2.For the purposes of this Convention, "person" means every human being.
Article 2. Domestic Legal Effects
Where the exercise of any of the rights or freedoms referred to in Article 1 is not
already ensured by legislative or other provisions, the States Parties undertake to adopt,
in accordance with their constitutional processes and the provisions of this Convention,
such legislative or other measures as may be necessary to give effect to those rights or