• How to prevent or reduce violence, including torture “How to prevent or reduce violence, including torture, by acting on its root causes often found in violations of economic, social and cultural rights, … goes to the very heart of human rights protection.”
    Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2004-2008)
  • Alternative Reports OMCT prepares a number of alternative reports focussing attention on the economic, social and cultural root causes of violence. The reports can be found in the general reports section
  • Advocacy, Policy Documents Advocacy: Inform and sensitise key institutions on the links between violence and failures to respect economic, social and cultural rights, as well as on the need and possibilities for an effective action on those root causes. Learn more…
  • Seminar Reports: Building NGO Capacity Seminar Reports: Enabling national NGOs to prepare targeted submissions calling for specific action. Learn More…
  • How disrespect for economic, social and cultural rights can lead to torture and other forms of violence Disrespect for economic, social and cultural rights can lead to torture and other forms of violence. Learn how…

About ESCR

OMCT works to eliminate torture and other forms of violence by helping NGOs, international human rights bodies and others to identify and act upon the poverty, inequality and discrimination that are often the root causes of violence.

This project has shown that addressing the economic, social and cultural root causes of violence through the appropriate channels can reduce human rights abuses and help create conditions conducive to economic growth, poverty reduction and reduce the temptations of extremism.

How disrespect for economic, social and cultural rights can lead to torture and other forms of violence.

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Greece:  Greece: Massive Roma evictions by the authorities

October 31, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Colombia:  Colmbia: Extrajudicial execution, urgency of an independent and exhaustive investigation

October 30, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Statement of OMCT to the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights - Item 4 - ESCR

August 21, 2006  |  Statements

Guatemala:  Guatemala: OMCT continues to denounce the social cleansing in marginalised areas

July 7, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

China:  China: Forced resettlement, ill-treatment of villagers, recovery of Mr. Fu Xiancai

July 3, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Egypt:  Egypt: The OMCT submits to the European Union a report on Agrarian policy, human rights and violence

June 29, 2006  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Colombia: violent expulsion, several persons injured including children

June 21, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

China:  China: Forced resettlement and ill-treatment of villagers

June 20, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Mexico: excessive use of force by the police, several persons injured including children

June 15, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Egypt: Violent eviction from land resulting in the ill-treatment of men, women and children.

June 13, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Egypt:  Egypt and EU Association Agreement: Agrarian policy, human rights and violence in Egypt - Recommendations for the EU

June 1, 2006  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Sudan:  Sudan: Release of ten of the detainees arrested between 25 and 26 April 2006 in Nyala

May 30, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Sudan:  Sudan: Continued targetting of civilians in Donkey Dereisa, Nyala, South Darfur State.

May 10, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Sudan: Wounding and killing of residents of Karamagay village.

May 5, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Sudan:  Sudan: Refusal of forced relocation, resulting in the injuring, killing and detention of local residents.

May 3, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan