• 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 Intervention to the 15th Annual Meeting of Special Rapporteurs

June 26, 2008  |  Statements

Around the world, poverty and discrimination fuel torture and other forms of violence

June 26, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

Tunisia: Death of a protester during a march against the high cost of life

June 11, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

Kenya:  Kenya: Military action against the sabaot land defence force in Mount Elgon involves serious human rights violations against civilians

June 6, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

The European Parliament adopts OMCT’s amendments in its Annual Report on Human Rights

May 27, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

The Maputo Declaration

May 11, 2008  |  Statements

Brazil:  Brazil : List of Issues to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

April 30, 2008  |  Reports and Publications  |  Brazil

OMCT’s Special Procedures Seminar, 2008: call for nominations (Geneva, 23 – 27 June 2008)

April 22, 2008  |  Events

OMCT African Regional Seminar: call for nominations

April 1, 2008  |  Events

OMCT urges the EU Council to strengthen the European Fundamental Rights Agency by including in its mandate the economic, social and cultural factors

March 12, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

A Guide to Submitting Information to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

February 28, 2008  |  Statements

ESCR Programme Bulletin activities, 2007

February 4, 2008  |  Statements

The Philippines: contribution from the OMCT to the UPR Process

February 1, 2008  |  Statements

Kenya:  Urgent appeal to the Government of Kenya concerning Disrespect for economic, social and cultural rights and the post-election violence.

December 31, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Bangladesh:  Bangladesh: Risk of violent suppression of public opposition to Phulbari coal mine project

December 21, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh