International Day For The Right To The Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations And For The Dignity Of Victims

The International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims is observed annually on March 24th. Also known merely as Right to Truth Day, this day pays respect to the relatives of victims who have been abducted, executed, black bagged, tortured, or subjected to other human rights violations.

It’s also a day that works toward the truth of what actually happened so the evils can be exposed to the bright light of day and justice may be sought. It’s also a day to recognize the important work and values of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvadore.


On March 24, 1980, Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero was murdered after he had been actively working towards denouncing the violations of human rights of vulnerable individuals in El Salvador. Thirty years later, on December 21, 2010, the UN General Assembly would proclaim March 24th to be Right to Truth Day. It’s been observed as a holiday ever since.

Observing this day

The purpose of this holiday is to honor the memory of victims of gross and systemic human rights violations. It’s also a day to promote the importance of everyone’s right to the truth and to justice. And, it’s a holiday on which individuals who are struggling to obtain basic human rights for all individuals are remembered.

This holiday also recognized the important work that was done by Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador. He had done important work for human rights before he was assassinated for his work in denouncing human rights abuses.

When is it?
This year (2023)
March 24 Friday
Next year (2024)
March 24 Sunday
Last year (2022)
March 24 Thursday
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