Created in 1985, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) works for, with and through an international coalition of over 200 non-governmental organisations – the SOS -Torture Network – fighting torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and all other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment in the world and fighting for the protection of human rights defenders.

Types of assistance offered by the organisation:

Emergency fund 

Target group: human rights defenders*

Operates worldwide 

OMCT, including in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, provides material assistance and emergency support to human rights defenders at risk working in the most difficult circumstances, in any region of the world.

OMCT material assistance and emergency support aim at responding to emergency requests for assistance submitted by human rights defenders and organisations at risk. These can cover medical support (including psycho-social support and rehabilitation); legal support; social assistance (including family support); physical security; digital security; communications; capacity building in security; secure transportation; support to temporary relocation where necessary; etc.

*OMCT works with all categories of activists that are facing threats due to their human rights work