• 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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Sudan:  Sudan: Refusal of forced relocation, resulting in the injuring, killing and detention of local residents.

May 3, 2006  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Guatemala:  Guatemala: Briefing note to the Committee Against Torture

May 1, 2006  |  Reports and Publications  |  Guatemala

Colombia: Sowing the seeds for future violence

April 11, 2006  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

OMCT statement to the Open ended Working Group on the Draft Optional Protocol to the ICESCR

March 3, 2006  |  Statements

Chad:  Chad: OMCT urges President not to sign amendment of Law on Petroleum Revenue

January 9, 2006  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Documents for OMCT's International Conference: “Poverty, Inequality and Violence: is there a human rights response?” - Geneva, 4–6 October 2005

January 3, 2006  |  Events

South Africa: An alternative Report to the CAT on the ESCR root causes of violence

January 1, 2006  |  Reports and Publications

Salient points of the Interdisciplinary Study: Attacking the Root Causes of Torture, Poverty, Inequality and Violence

January 1, 2006  |  Statements

China:  China: call for the release of 14 demonstrators

December 22, 2005  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China

Greece:  Greece: Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of Mr. Theo Alexandridis

October 21, 2005  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Concept paper: Poverty, Inequality and Violence: is there a human rights response? International Conference

October 4, 2005  |  Events

Malaysia:  Malaysia: Acquittal of seven 'ISA demonstration' students

May 2, 2005  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia

Oral Statement by the OMCT: 61 Human Rights Commission, Item 10 - ESCR

April 11, 2005  |  Statements

Report on the International Conference "Poverty, Inequality and Violence: Is there a Human Rights Response?"

March 19, 2005  |  Reports and Publications

Joint oral statement: 56th sub-commission of the Human Rights, item 4 - ESCR

August 10, 2004  |  Statements