As an organization founded on the principles of universal brotherhood, cooperation, mutual respect, compassion, and respect for basic human rights and religious freedom, the ICHRRF is fully committed to promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms as the critical values connecting Humanity. Hence, ICHRRF is committed to honoring victims of gross human rights violations, all human rights defenders, and promoting truth and justice on this date.
This annual observance pays tribute to the memory of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, who was assassinated on March 24, 1980, after denouncing human rights violations of the most vulnerable persons in El Salvador. Monsignor Romero condemned violence, stood in solidarity with oppressed persons, promoted human dignity, and advocated for social and economic justices despite being fully aware of the potential risks of being a human rights defender.
According to the United Nations, The purpose of the International Day for the Right to Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims is to honor victims of gross systematic human rights violations and promote truth and justice, pay tribute to those who devoted their lives and lost their lives in the struggle to protect human rights, and recognize Archbishop Romero of El Salvador life’s work.
We stand in solidarity with all the persons over the entire world who are victims of human rights violations and exhort the entire humanity to respect the honor and dignity of the victims irrespective of their background.