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Each of us can be a human rights champion.
By naming certain days of the year with different titles, the United Nations tries to draw our attention to some of these problems and their solutions.
One of the most critical problems of human society, which, like a long-lasting epidemic, has caused great suffering to human beings, is discrimination.
March 1 is named “Zero Discrimination Day” to remind all governments and nations that discrimination is not acceptable in any way and at any level.
On Zero Discrimination Day this year, under the theme “Remove laws that harm, create laws that empower,” UNAIDS highlights the urgent need to take action against discriminatory laws.
In many countries, laws result in people being treated differently, excluded from essential services, or 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 enact laws protecting 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, March 1, we celebrate the right of everyone to live a full and productive life—and live it with dignity and free from discrimination.