• 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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Israel and Palestinian Territory Occupied: Killing and violence against anti-Wall demonstrators in the occupied Palestinian territory

March 8, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Kenya:  Kenya: Open Letter to Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs

March 4, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kenya

Russia: Civilians killed by landmines and sniper fire while collecting forest produce for their livelihood

March 3, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

India: Open Letter to Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India

March 2, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Bangladesh:  Bangladesh: gang rape of two minority Hindu women and looting of property

February 20, 2004  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Greece: open letter to Prime Minister Costas Simitis

February 19, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Greece:  Greece: A History of Failed Promises to the Roma

February 18, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Nepal: violence against Dalits because of an inter-caste marriage

February 16, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nepal

Nepal: attack on Dalits and denial of entry to temple

February 9, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nepal

India: Two Land Rights Activists Murdered

January 30, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

The Development and History of OMCT’s Programme on Economic, Social and Cultural rights

January 23, 2004  |  Statements

Compilation of Urgent Appeals and Open Letters

January 15, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions

South Korea: crackdown against undocumented migrant workers

January 12, 2004  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Korea, (South) Republic of

India:  India: new massive eviction, 75,000 people made homeless

December 24, 2003  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

India:  India: Death due to starvation of a 3-year old child of an evicted Dalit community

December 23, 2003  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India