On 24 March, 1980, Archbishop Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero was murdered. The reason? He refused to stay silent as El Salvador government’s armed forces and other groups tortured people, executed them and abducted many during the country’s civil conflict. Several people, mostly innocent civilians died during the struggle and as the archbishop demanded justice and defended the El Salvadorians his life was sadly extinguished as he stood up for what was right.
Contra Nocendi International and Contra Nocendi Cameroon have always upheld the ideals of truth and our mission is to protect the rights of the violated and marginalised the world over. On this International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, the world observes Monsignor Romero’s sacrifice as he openly took a stance against El Salvador’s right-wing military group and death squads that went about murdering innocents. We pay our tribute to him and his legacy.
This day observed in his memory is an important day for us at Contra Nocendi as we carry on his work, which was to protect the human rights of oppressed and vulnerable people. We also stand opposed to torture, assault and a threat to human dignity.
Contra Nocendi endorses the important right to truth, which means the right to know the absolute truth about any event, the circumstances of that event, violations and reasons behind it, along with the truth about its participants. Even as the horrors of human rights breaches continue unabated, Contra Nocendi will continue to fight for equality, dignity and justice by educating people in Cameroon and Burundi about human rights violations, drawing inspiration from Monsignor Romero’s life and work. Going a step further, we are also committed to providing people with a bridge to access the means and aid to have their rights and live with the dignity they deserve.