Prayer Service
International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

Día Internacional por el derecho a la verdad ante las violaciones flagrantes de los Derechos Humanos y por la dignidad de las víctimas.


March 24
“The rights to truth and justice are central to ending impunity for gross violations of human rights. […] In all instances, honoring this right puts others on notice that violations cannot stay hidden for long.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
INTRODUCTION
On 21 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.

The purpose of the Day is to:
  • Honor the memory of victims of gross and systematic human rights violations and promote the importance of the right to truth and justice;
  • Pay tribute to those who have devoted their lives to, and lost their lives in, the struggle to promote and protect human rights for all;
  • Recognize, in particular, the important work and values of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador, who was assassinated on 24 March 1980, after denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable populations and defending the principles of protecting lives, promoting human dignity and opposition to all forms of violence.

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