The UN General Assembly declared March 1 as Zero Discrimination Day, which encourages the promotion and celebration of the right of every person to live in dignity.
Discrimination – in all its possible forms and expressions – is a violation and abuse of human rights. Related to intolerance, which affects millions of people every day, it is the result of some people being treated less favorably than others in a similar situation only because they belong, or are perceived to belong, to a certain group or category.
People may be discriminated because of their marital status, relationship, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, place of origin, social status, opinions, race, disability, ethnicity, immigrant status, language, medical condition, or any other reason.
A society in which discrimination is allowed or tolerated is a society in which people are excluded from freely exercising their potential for themselves and for society.
It should be emphasized that the principles of equality and non-discrimination are included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” (Article 1), so that States are committed to protecting different minorities and vulnerable groups from unequal consideration, and in Article 2, which states that “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind”.