UNAIDS Calls For Decriminalization, Protection Of LGBTI People

UNAIDS: UNAIDS calls on countries to remove discriminatory laws and enact laws that protect people from discrimination
“Ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), on 17 May, UNAIDS is calling on all countries to remove discriminatory laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. Stigma towards key populations — gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs, and prisoners and other incarcerated people — is reinforced by criminal laws. These in turn fuel violence, exploitation, and a climate of fear, hindering efforts to make HIV services available to the people who need them. … UNAIDS joins with the United Nations Secretary-General and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in calling for the decriminalization of LGBTI people and for LGBTI people to be protected from violence and discrimination and to have full access to health and other social services…” (5/16).