• 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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OMCT contribution to the Report of the Special Rapportuer on the Right to Food: A human rights framework for world food and nutrition security

September 27, 2008  |  Statements

Bangladesh:  Bangladesh: Arson attack on indigenous Jumma community in Sajek Union, the Chittagong Hill Tracts

August 29, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

India:  India: OMCT calls for an end to violence against Dalits and Adivasis and to the blockade of their camp at Chengara Estate, Kerala, India

August 22, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Interim Activity Report, January-June 2008

August 20, 2008  |  Statements

India:  India: Denial of the economic, social and cultural rights of the tribal peoples of Wayanad District, Kerala, risks generating further violence

August 18, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Report on Activities, 2007

August 15, 2008  |  Statements

OMCT African Regional Seminar and the Maputo Declaration

July 21, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

How can national human rights NGOs address the economic, social and cultural root causes of torture?

July 11, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

Mexico:  Mexico: Torture and fear for security

July 11, 2008  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bangladesh: OMCT welcomes the Asian Development Bank’s suspension of support for the Phulbari coal mine project

July 3, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

Bangladesh:  Bangladesh: OMCT acts to prevent further violence in connection with a coal mine in Phulbari, Bangladesh

July 3, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Uzbekistan:  The Economic, Social and Cultural Root Causes of Torture in Uzbekistan. An Alternative Report to the UN Committee Against Torture

July 1, 2008  |  Reports and Publications  |  Uzbekistan

OMCT contribution to Social Forum of the Human Rights Council

July 1, 2008  |  Statements

Adhere to the Maputo Declaration Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

June 28, 2008  |  Events

Special Procedures Seminar Report 2008

June 27, 2008  |  Events  |  Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Congo, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Uganda