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UN human right to the truth


The truth includes gross human rights violations and concern for the dignity of victims.


We the People of the United Nations under the UN Charter and all of its declarations and covenants have our human rights to free access of information, to freedom of speech, freedom to assembly and peaceful protest, to a free Press and others within our civil liberties.


It is up to each and everyone to always ensure that we receive in full our human rights including our rights to the truth!


The '5 demands' of HK protesters encompasses the truth of human rights violations and concern for the dignity of victims of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) and HK government's suppression of protests that started on 9 June 2019 and which still continues today. Gai yau!


Truth = rule OF law = justice



Please CCP and HK government read our blogs and give us the TRUTH:

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Lawyers' update on allegations of rape in Tsuen Wan Police Station, Hong Kong

R.I.P. Alex Chow Tsz-Lok. Love and light always!

HK Police illegal entry Universities including Chinese University on 11 & 12 November 2019

Police caused Yau Ma Tei 18 November 2019 "incident"

International independent inquiry into China & World Health Organization WHO on Covid-19 is needed

CCP come clean about 1989 June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

8 May 2020 a South Asian man died in HK Police custody

The fishy tale of 12 Hong Kong activists arrested at sea by China

The developing police state in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protester ‘Grandma Wong’ held in China under house arrest!

School teacher delisted by Hong Kong's EDB

Coroner said not suicide; who killed Vietnamese male Le Van Muoi in Hong Kong prison?

Jimmy Lai named religious prisoner of conscience by US federal commission

Arrests of 53 pro-democrats and threats to HK voters amounts to State torture and genocide

Policeman raped underaged girls but only charged with indecent assault



Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero. UN photo.


International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims (24 March)

UN source


The Right to the Truth

The right to the truth is often invoked in the context of gross violations of human rights and grave breaches of humanitarian law. The relatives of victims of summary executions, enforced disappearance, missing persons, abducted children, torture, require to know what happened to them. The right to the truth implies knowing the full and complete truth as to the events that transpired, their specific circumstances, and who participated in them, including knowing the circumstances in which the violations took place, as well as the reasons for them.

International Day

Each year, on 24 March, the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims is observed.

This annual observance pays tribute to the memory of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, who was murdered on 24 March 1980. Monsignor Romero was actively engaged in denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable individuals in El Salvador.

Purpose The purpose of the Day is to:

  • Honour 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 assasinated 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.

Background 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 date was chosen because on 24 March 1980, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador was assassinated, after denouncing violations of human rights.

In a study conducted in 2006 the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concluded that the right to the truth about gross human rights violations and serious violations of human rights law is an inalienable and autonomous right, linked to the duty and obligation of the State to protect and guarantee human rights, to conduct effective investigations and to guarantee effective remedy and reparations.

The study affirms that the right to the truth implies knowing the full and complete truth as to the events that transpired, their specific circumstances, and who participated in them, including knowing the circumstances in which the violations took place, as well as the reasons for them.

In a 2009 report on the Right to the Truth, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights identified best practices for the effective implementation of this right, in particular practices relating to archives and records concerning gross violations of human rights, and programmes on the protection of witnesses and other persons involved in trials connected with such violations.

The Commission on the Truth for El Salvador was established in accordance with the Mexico Agreements of 27 April 1991 to investigate serious acts of violence that had occurred since 1980 and whose impact on society was deemed to require an urgent public knowledge of the truth. In its report of 15 March 1993, the Commission documented the facts of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero by pro-government forces, the so-called "death squads". He was shot dead by an assassin as he celebrated mass on 24 March 1980.


Documents International Instruments

  • Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (1992)

  • Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation (2005)

  • International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (2006)

Proclamation of the International Day

  • General Assembly resolution proclaiming 24 March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims [A/RES/65/196]

  • Human Rights Council resolution proclaiming 24 March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims [A/HRC/RES/14/7]

Reports of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Right to the Truth

  • A/HRC/15/33 (2010)

  • A/HRC/12/19 (2009)

  • A/HRC/5/7 (2007)

Resolutions on the Right to the Truth

  • General Assembly resolution on the right to the truth [A/RES/68/165]

  • Human Rights Council resolution on the right to the truth [A/HRC/RES/12/12]

  • General Assembly resolution on basic principles and guidelines on the right to a remedy and reparation for victims of gross violations of international human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law [A/RES/60/147]

Other Documents

  • General Comment on the Right to the Truth in Relation to Enforced Disappearances (2010)

  • Study on the right to the truth (2006) [E/CN.4/2006/91]

  • S/25500, 1993 Report of the Commission on the Truth for El Salvador



Some recent news and analysis for those upholding Justice and Truth:


China: 12 Hong Kong Protesters Held Incommunicado, (Human Rights Watch, 28 September 2020)

Hong Kong police charge activist Andy Li under security law after release from Chinese prison, (HKFP, 24 March 2021)

Hong Kong security law: New police powers to surveil lawyers a ‘major threat’, barrister and legal scholars say, (HKFP, 15 July 2020)

High-profile protest case becomes a family fight – Hong Kong’s rule of law will suffer, (HKFP, 31 January 2021)

China strips license of lawyer for Hong Kong activist, (WTOP News, 16 January 2021)