Zero Discrimination Day: UNAIDS urges countries to change discriminatory laws


Today is Zero Discrimination Day. It is annually celebrated by the UN and other international organisations.

The day was first celebrated on March 1, 2014, and was launched by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on 27 February of that year.

According to the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, “Human rights violations are happening all over the world because of discriminatory laws and practices, and also laws must protect, not cause harm.

He said all countries must carefully examine their laws and policies in order to ensure equality and protection for all people, without exception.”

On this 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.

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