Created in 1985, the
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of
international non-governmental organisations (NGO) fighting against torture,
summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or
With 311 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of
thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network
of non-governmental organisations working for the protection and the promotion
of human rights in the world.
Based in Geneva, OMCT’s International Secretariat provides
personalised medical, legal and/or social assistance
to hundreds of torture victims and ensures the daily dissemination of urgent interventions across the world,
in order to protect individuals and to fight against impunity. Specific
programmes allow it to provide support to specific categories of vulnerable
people, such as women, children and human rights defenders. In the framework of
its activities, OMCT also submits
individual communications and alternative reports to the special mechanisms
of the United Nations, and actively collaborates in the respect, development and strengthening of international norms for
the protection of human rights.
OMCT enjoys a consultative status with the following
institutions: ECOSOC (United Nations), the International Labour Organization,
the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Organisation
Internationale de la Francophonie, and the Council of Europe.
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more about OMCT activities, check out our latest Annual Reports: