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

December 21, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

European Union Human Rights Body discusses preventing torture with independent expert and OMCT Director

December 21, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions

Work with OMCT to address the poverty, inequality and discrimination that are root causes of torture

December 17, 2007  |  Events

India:  India: another violent forced eviction by police in Kolkata, West Bengal

December 14, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Just released - Report on the OMCT's seminar on ''Addressing the Economic, Social and Cultural Root Causes of Violence through the UN Special Procedures System'', Geneva, June 2007

December 14, 2007  |  Events

Report on the OMCT seminar on ''Addressing the Economic, Social and Cultural Root Causes of Violence through the UN Special Procedures System''

December 14, 2007  |  Statements

Philippines:  Philippines: Mining activity on Sibuyan Island must be halted to prevent further killing and violence

December 12, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Philippines:  Philippines: military activity seriously affecting the safety and wellbeing of rural communities in Surigao Del Sur

December 3, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Sudan:   Sudan: ongoing violence against communities resisting dam construction in the Northern Nile Valley

November 30, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Kenya et Philipppines: OMCT addresses the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the root causes of torture and other forms of violence

November 27, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya, Philippines

Kenya and the Philippines: OMCT Statement to the CESCR

November 27, 2007  |  Statements  |  Kenya, Philippines

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

November 27, 2007  |  Reports and Publications  |  Kenya

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

November 27, 2007  |  Reports and Publications  |  Philippines

OMCT PowerPoint presentation: "Influencing the UN Committee on ESCR"

November 14, 2007  |  Statements

OMCT PowerPoint Presentation on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Programme

November 14, 2007  |  Statements