• 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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November 29, 2013  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders  |  Events

Cambodia:  CCHR and OMCT welcome Yorm Bopha's release after 444 days in prison

November 22, 2013  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements  |  Cambodia

1st session of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: Joint written intervention

December 5, 2012  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders  |  Statements

Brazil:  "Amazonian Indians on borrowed time", the third OMCT documentary is now online

September 18, 2012  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders  |  Events  |  Brazil

Angola:  Joint Open Letter to the authorities

August 11, 2011  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Angola

Honduras:  Murder of two peasants in the middle of conflict on land recovery. Serious concern of the OMCT for safety and personal integrity of habitants of Bajo Aguán.

April 29, 2011  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Special Procedures Seminar Report 2009

December 1, 2010  |  Events  |  Brazil, Gambia, India, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Sierra Leone, Uruguay, Zimbabwe

Philippines:  A follow-up report on the implementation in the Philippines of the Concluding Observations and recommendations of the United Nations Committee Against Torture and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

October 1, 2010  |  Reports and Publications  |  Philippines

Brazil:  The Criminalisation of Poverty in Brazil Alternative report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

October 1, 2010  |  Reports and Publications  |  Brazil

Brazil:  Addressing the Criminalisation of Poverty in Brazil. Release of the report on OMCT’s field mission to Brazil to evaluate progress made in implementing the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

October 1, 2010  |  Statements  |  Brazil

Brazil:  A Follow-up Report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the Economic, Social and Cultural Root Causes of Torture and Other Forms of Violence in Brazil

October 1, 2010  |  Reports and Publications  |  Brazil

Working for Change, No. 2 A Practical Guide to Preparing Alternative Reports to United Nations Treaty Bodies addressing the Economic, Social and Cultural Root Causes of Torture and Other Forms of Violence

September 5, 2010  |  Reports and Publications

Working for Change, No. 1 A Practical Guide to Acting Against the Economic, Social and Cultural Root Causes of Torture and Other Forms of Violence through Action Files

September 2, 2010  |  Reports and Publications

Report on implementing OMCT’s Project, Preventing torture and other forms of violence by acting on their economic, social and cultural root causes: 2007 to 2010

July 9, 2010  |  Reports and Publications

Uzbekistan:  The Economic, Social and Cultural Root Causes of Torture in UZBEKISTAN; Submission to the European Union in connection with the European Union - Uzbekistan Human Rights Dialogue

April 9, 2010  |  Statements  |  Uzbekistan