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World Organisation against Torture

Identification number in the register: 46782046250-28
Registration date: 19/07/2011 16:56:34

The information on this entity was last modified on: 27/11/2014 10:52:59
The date of the last annual update was: 26/06/2014 08:26:47

This entry follows the format of the previous Register. It will be changed to the new format when the entity makes the next update.
Next update due latest on: 27/04/2015

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

World Organisation against Torture


International Organisation under Swiss Law

    Section of registration

III - Non-governmental organisations

Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

    Contact details

rue du Vieux-Billard, 8
P.O. box: 21
Geneva 8 1211

(+41) 22 809 49 39

(+41) 22 809 49 29

OMCT Europe
Rue Stévin 115
1000 Bruxelles
Phone: 0032 2 218 37 19

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Gerald Staberock


    Person in charge of EU relations

Mr  Miguel Martin Zumalacarregui

OMCT Europe Human Rights Adviser

    Goals / remit

Created in 1986, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organisations (NGO) fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network of non-governmental organisations working for the protection and the promotion of human rights in the world.

OMCT provides personalised medical, legal and/or social assistance to hundreds of torture victims and ensures the daily dissemination of urgent appeals across the world, in order to protect individuals and to fight against impunity. Specific programmes allow it to provide support to specific categories of vulnerable people, such as women, children and human rights defenders. In the framework of its activities, OMCT also submits individual communications and alternative reports to the special mechanisms of the United Nations, and actively collaborates in the development of international norms for the protection of human rights.

OMCT is committed to transparency about EU interest representation. OMCT believes that this register fails basic transparency standards and that it does not provide EU lobbying transparency. When registering, we have therefore chosen to give all relevant information that we consider necessary for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and the issues that they try to influence, provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines that result from consultations with public interest organisations, professional working on lobby trnasparency as well as experts of US lobby disclosure legislation. our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our expenses for activities that aim to influence the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions, and a list of those who, on behalf of OMCT, carry out such activities.

Our registration is based on the guidelines for transparent registration developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU. Find the guidelines on or

  • European
  • global
  • national


Human Rights policy, CFSP, Justice and Home Affairs, Development Policy: torture guidelines and EU policies to fight torture and ill-treatments, Human rights strategy review, Human rights country strategies, ENP review, Human rights dialogues, European parliaments work on human rights; Human rights defenders and the EU guidelines on human rights defenders

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above


    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Miguel Martin Zumalacarregui 11/12/2014 08/12/2015
Chiara COSENTINO 01/04/2015 30/03/2016
Peter Christian Zangl 23/01/2015 20/01/2016

    Fields of interest

  • Development
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • Home Affairs
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights

    Membership and affiliation



OMCT Europe: Human Rights and Democracy Network, Council of Europe INGO forum, Fundamental Rights Agency Platform

    Financial data

01/2013  -  12/2013

2,126,968 €

2,001,418 €

0 €

728,106 €

737,775 €

222,835 €

312,702 €

125,550 €

124,678 €

872 €

50,000  € - 100,000  €

Following the guidelines of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU, OMCT has calculated that it spent an estimated 23'000.-- € in 2013 on activities carried out with the objective of influcencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions.

List of donors in 2013:

> Non-governmental grants:
American Jewish World Service
Brot für die Welt
Conseil culturel de l'Union de la Méditerranée
Fondation de la Banque Pictet
Oak Foundation
Sigrid Rausing Trust

> Governamental grants:

> Grants from international or intergovernmental organisations:
European Commission
United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture
Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture - Special Fund
Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
United Nations Development Programme

> Cantonal grants (Switzerland):

> Municipal grants (Switzerland)

> Others
SOS-Torture network membership fees
Private donations

    Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.