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World Organisation Against Torture

4-6 October 2005

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The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) recognizes that the fight against torture and other forms of violence, as well as their prevention, cannot be considered in purely legal, administrative or judiciary terms, in isolation from their socio-economic context. Since its 1991 General Assembly held in Manila, OMCT has given specific attention to socio-economic considerations. It is within this framework that the OMCT undertook the project which as given rise to the present study.

The aim of the project is to examine the causal connection between inequalities, poverty, violations of economic, social and cultural rights and violence. Violence in the context of the project is understood in its broad sense as state sponsored (torture, summary executions, disappearances, etc.), social and domestic violence. The project’s ultimate objective is to identify specific actions which the various actors can take to reduce violence by acting on its economic, social and cultural root causes.

The project is being carried out by the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) within the framework of the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN) and with the financial support of the GIAN, the Dutch Foundation ICCO, the Fondation des droits de l’homme au travail and the Swiss Federal Government (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation).

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