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University observes 25th anniversary of Romero assasination

Benjamin Cuellar from the University of Central America discusses human rights in El Salvador since archbishop's death

04/18/05

Benjamin Cuéllar, director for the Human Rights Institute at the University of Central America, the Jesuit University in San Salvador, spoke on Monday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium about human rights in El Salvador since the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero 25 years ago.

The event also featured photos and reflections from members of the Xavier community who were in El Salvador around the time of the 25th anniversary of Romero's assassination.

From it’s creation in August 1985, the Human Rights Institute at the University of Central America has tried, from its university nature and academic perspective, to elevate the levels of respect for human dignity in El Salvador.

In 1980, Archbishop Romero was gunned down by members of the Salvadoran military while saying Mass in San Salvador. He was targeted because of his denunciation of the Salvadoran military’s brutal repression of those speaking out for social change and his firm stand on the side of the country’s poor and oppressed.