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Justice and Protection for All - A special event to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
17 May 2019 -  Legal and policy reform to ensure justice and protection for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
Persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) continue to experience human rights violations because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics. These violations include killings, violent attacks, torture, arbitrary detention, forced marriage, denial of rights to assembly and expression, medical violence, and discrimination in accessing health care, education, employment, and housing.
Awareness of the scale and scope of violence and discrimination directed at LGBTI people on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) of all ages and in all parts of the world has increased dramatically in recent years. The United Nations has played a central and vital role in raising this awareness and in the promotion and protection of human rights for LGBTI persons at international level, including through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the Office of the Secretary General, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the actions of agencies, funds and programs.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) is commemorated annually on the 17th of May. In 2019, the global theme for IDAHOTB is Justice and Protection for All. To ensure that all individuals regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics can live free and safe lives stakeholders must come together to push for strong legal and policy reforms that address human rights issues faced by LGBTI people.