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Statement of OAS Secretary General regarding the Anniversary of the Murder of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero

  March 24, 2010

“On a day like today, 30 years ago, with a single shot, a murderer took the life of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez, while he presided over a service of the Eucharist in the Chapel of La Divina Providencia Hospital, at the exact moment when he was preparing the table to receive the Body of Christ. According to the Truth Commission that investigated the crimes committed during the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992), Romero was murdered by members of a Death Squad.

“Today El Salvador and the entire world recall a man who spoke about injustice without ambiguities, and through his death his killers sought to silence his commitment to the most vulnerable and to the dignity of Salvadorans, but in fact he became a martyr and a universal figure of human rights.

“We value deeply the efforts of President Mauricio Funes, who has publicly recognized the State’s responsibility in the case, and has expressed his commitment to implement in good faith and as best as he can the recommendations the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has made to prevent the murder of Monsignor Romero from going unpunished.
“We celebrate this commitment and hope that soon all of the perpetrators and intellectual authors of this crime will be identified, prosecuted and punished. Also, we congratulate the Salvadoran General Assembly for having recently agreed to designate March 24 the ‘National Day of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero.’ Today we accompany the Government of El Salvador and its people on such an important day.”

Reference: E-086/10