• 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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Uzbekistan:  Uzbekistan: OMCT makes recommendations to the United Nations Committee Against Torture

November 8, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uzbekistan

India, Philippines, Tunisia - OMCT Contribution to UPR

November 1, 2007  |  Statements

Ecuador:  Ecuador: Excessive use of force against protestation, one dead

October 19, 2007  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador

India:  India: Violence against and harassment of Dalit villagers involved in peaceful protest

October 4, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Uzbekistan: OMCT position paper to the European Parliament

October 1, 2007  |  Statements

Uzbekistan: Poverty, Inequality and Violence: Report to the European Parliament

October 1, 2007  |  Statements

Mexico:  Mexico: Violent forced eviction of communauty of Nuevo San Manuel and Buen Samaritano

September 11, 2007  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

OMCT Seminar - Addressing the economic, social and cultural root causes of violence through the UN Special Procedures System

July 16, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions

Ecuador:  Ecuador: Excessive force used by the police/mistreatment/arbitrary detention of children

July 5, 2007  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Ecuador

Brazil:  Brazil: Assassination of rural worker Antonio Santos do Carmo

May 10, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Chile:  Chile: Assassination of Mr. Rodrigo Cisternas Fernández

May 9, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chile

OMCT's Special Procedures Seminar 2007: call for nominations

April 18, 2007  |  Events

OMCT Presentation to the Expert Seminar: Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

February 24, 2007  |  Statements

Cameroon:  Cameroon: Prison guards arrested following strike

February 16, 2007  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Cameroon:  Cameroon: arbitrary arrest and detention of around 50 prison guards of Kondengui prison - risk of torture

January 4, 2007  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon