On Zero Discrimination Day this year 2022, under the theme “Remove laws that harm, create laws that empower”, UNAIDS is highlighting the urgent need to act against discriminatory laws.
In many countries, laws result in people being treated differently, excluded from essential services or being subject to undue restrictions on how they live their lives, simply because of who they are, what they do or who they love. Such laws are discriminatory—they deny human rights and fundamental freedoms.
States have a moral and legal obligation to remove discriminatory laws and to enact laws that protect people from discrimination. Everyone has a responsibility to hold states accountable, call for change and contribute to efforts to remove discriminatory laws.
On Zero Discrimination Day, 1 March, we celebrate the right of everyone to live a full and productive life—and live it with dignity and free from discrimination.
When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you must speak up. You have to say something; you must do something.
John Lewis, civil rights leader and politician, United States of America
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