• 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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Position paper 2007 relating to substantive and other aspects of attacking the root cause of violence

June 18, 2009  |  Statements  |  Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burundi, Colombia, Egypt, Gambia, Georgia, India, Liberia, Nepal, South Africa, Uzbekistan, Zambia

Position paper 2008 relating to substantive and other aspects of attacking the root cause of violence

June 18, 2009  |  Statements  |  Bulgaria, Colombia, Congo, Kenya, Lebanon, Peru

Colombia:  Colombia: Serious human rights violations against the AWA indigeneous community in Nariño.

June 5, 2009  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Brazil:  Brazil: Statement to the CESCR by OMCT, Justiça Global, and the National Movement of Street Boys and Girls

May 22, 2009  |  Statements  |  Brazil

Philippines:  Philippines: OMCT and two Filipino NGOs call on the CAT to help end torture by addressing its economic, social and cultural root causes

May 7, 2009  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Philippines: OMCT Statement on torture and ill-treatment to the CAT

April 27, 2009  |  Statements

OMCT’s Special Procedures Seminar, 2009: call for nominations

April 22, 2009  |  Events

Brazil:  The Criminalisation Of Poverty - A Report on the Economic, Social and Cultural Root Causes of Torture and Other Forms of Violence in Brazil

April 12, 2009  |  Reports and Publications  |  Brazil

Philippines:  Philippines: Alternative Report to the CAT 'Preventing torture by acting on its economic, social and cultural root causes'

April 9, 2009  |  Reports and Publications  |  Philippines

OMCT’s Latin American Regional Seminar: Call for nominations

April 2, 2009  |  Events

Philippines:  OMCT welcomes the European Parliament’s response to its call to address the root causes of violence in the Philippines

March 26, 2009  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Philippines:  OMCT intervention to the European Parliament

February 4, 2009  |  Statements  |  Philippines

India:  India: Ongoing risk of forced eviction of 5000 people in Howrah, West Bengal

January 23, 2009  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Philippines:  OMCT Report to the European Parliament

January 22, 2009  |  Statements  |  Philippines

Ecuador:  Ecuador: Detention and ill-treatment

January 20, 2009  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador