• 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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Torture: political, cultural and economic relativisms: the clash of convictions

December 5, 2008  |  Statements

Bulgaria: Human rights violations of persons with mental disabilities

December 3, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

Bulgaria:  Bulgaria: The World Organisation Against Torture, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre call on the Bulgarian Parliament to legislate to stop human rights violations of persons with mental disabilities

December 3, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bulgaria

The Economic Roots of Relativism: a selection of cases addressed by OMCT

December 1, 2008  |  Statements

Kenya:  Kenya: The UN Committee Against Torture issues recommendations addressing the economic, social and cultural root causes of violence in Kenya

November 28, 2008  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Kenya:  Kenya: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issues key recommendations for reducing levels of inequality and violence in Kenya

November 26, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Philippines:  Philippines: OMCT and three Filipino NGOs ask the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to address the economic, social and cultural root causes of violence in the Philippines

November 20, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Kenya:  Kenyan and international NGOs condemn the Government of Kenya's lack of commitment to ending torture

November 13, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Kenya - OMCT statement to the 41st CAT session

November 12, 2008  |  Statements

Kenya: Call for action to stop violence by addressing violations of economic, social and cultural rights

November 5, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

Kenya:  Kenya: Alternative Report to the CAT 'Addressing the Economic, Social and cultural Root Causes of Torture in Kenya'

November 3, 2008  |  Reports and Publications  |  Kenya

Kenya:  Kenya: Alternative Report to the CESCR 'The Lie of the Land'

November 3, 2008  |  Reports and Publications  |  Kenya

Philippines:  Philippines: Alternative Report to the CESCR 'Addressing the Economic, Social and Cultural Root Causes of Torture and other forms of Violence in the Philippines'

November 3, 2008  |  Reports and Publications  |  Philippines

Kenya: OMCT/CEMIRIDE/ICJ statement to 41st session of the CESCR

November 3, 2008  |  Statements  |  Kenya, Philippines

Kenya and the Philippines: OMCT statement to 41st session of the CESCR

November 3, 2008  |  Statements  |  Kenya, Philippines