UNAIDS URGES ACTION TO CHANGE DISCRIMINATORY LAWS IN ORDER TO RESTORE DIGNITY AND RESPECT AND SAVE LIVES
On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls on countries to examine discriminatory provisions in their laws and policies and make positive changes to ensure equality, inclusion and protection.
“Human rights violations are happening all over the world because of discriminatory laws and practices,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Laws must protect, not cause harm. All countries must carefully examine their laws and policies in order to ensure equality and protection for all people, without exception.”
On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS recalls the equal dignity and worth of every person, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is calling for action to change discriminatory laws and practices, which are a significant barrier for access to health and other services.
MESSAGE BY UNAIDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
On 1 March, Zero Discrimination Day, we celebrate the advocacy and activism that brings the world closer to zero discrimination and the actions and laws that help to ensure that people can live with dignity.
My call this year is focused on changing discriminatory laws and practices that block people from accessing health and other life-saving services.