• 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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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

India: 200 upper caste members attack a Dalit locality in South India and burn 100 houses

June 15, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Israel: No State Is Above the Law

May 22, 2004  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Sudan: Open Letter to President Omar Hasan al-Bashir

May 21, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Sudan

Israel and Palestinian Territory Occupied: Israeli forces destroy hundreds of homes in Rafah

May 19, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

The role of the courts in protecting Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

May 19, 2004  |  Statements

Russian Federation:  Chechnya: No Means to Live, a Report submitted to the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee

May 7, 2004  |  Reports and Publications  |  Russian Federation

India:  India: Threat of Forcible Eviction of over 300,000 people in Delhi

May 6, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Kyrgyzstan:  Kyrgyzstan: Forced Eviction of 64 Families in Bishkek

May 3, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Kenya: Property destruction, forced eviction and excessive use of force

May 3, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Greece: The Roma and the preparation of the 2004 Olympic Games: ongoing violations of the right to adequate housing

April 29, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Malaysia: Arbitrary arrest and detention of Burmese asylum seekers and risk of forcible return to Myanmar

April 22, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia, Myanmar (ex-Burma)

Philippines: Excessive use of force to repress peaceful strike of seafarers

April 13, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

South Korea: Forced Deportation of and Denial of Medical Attention for Migrant Workers

April 2, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of