Saturday, 24 March 2018

Are You Always Allowed to Say the Truth?

Little do we realize that truth of an incident is not always allowed to come into the open.

Today is 24 March - The International Day for the Right to Truth Concerning Gross Human Right Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.

Many times the victims of executions, those who suddenly disappeared or are missing, abducted children, those who are tortured, are not reported and no one gets to know the complete truth about their circumstances.

In order to raise awareness, since 2010 the United Nations proclaims 24 March as the day which marks and honours those victims who have faced violations of human rights and did not get justice.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights authorizes the state for protecting and guaranteeing human rights to its citizens as well as reparations.

The day recalls and showers gratitude towards those who dedicated their lives to protect people's human rights. And most especially, the day remembers Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was murdered on 24 March 1980.

Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador fought against poverty, torture and social injustice. He believed in protecting the human dignity and opposed all forms of violence.

Sadly, Romero's murders have never been known and prosecuted. Even the gunman was never identified. Nevertheless, many investigations were carried out and blame-game continues.


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