In July 2021, the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are slated to begin in Tokyo, Japan. But today, Japan is not ready to host the Olympics. Why? Because Japan does not have any national legislation protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination.
The Olympics represent unity in diversity and passing on a positive legacy for the future. Japan’s lack of protection for LGBT people fails to meet the requirements of the Olympic Charter, Olympic Agenda 2020 or human rights standards.
We call on Japan’s government to introduce and enact legislation to protect LGBT people from discrimination before the Olympics. It’s time for an Equality Act – and the countdown starts now. Learn more: https://www.hrw.org/EqualityActJapan
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