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Profile of registrant

World Organisation against Torture

Identification number in the register: 46782046250-28
Registration date: 19/07/11 16:56:34

The information on this organisation was last modified on 26/06/14 08:26:47
The date of the last annual update was 26/06/14 08:26:47

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: World Organisation against Torture
Acronym: OMCT
Legal status: International Organisation under Swiss Law
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Gerald Staberock
Position: Secretary-General

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Gerald Staberock
Position: Secretary-General

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 8 rue du Vieux-Billard 
P.O. box: 21
Geneva 8 1211
Telephone number: (+41) 22 809 49 39
Fax number: (+41) 22 809 49 29
Other contact information: OMCT Europe
Rue Stévin 115
1000 Bruxelles
Phone: 0032 2 218 37 19

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: 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
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

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

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • Home Affairs
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights


Total number of members that are natural persons: 39
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information: OMCT is a global network of organisations. Please consult our website for information on our membership:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

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

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 2,126,968
of which public financing: 2,001,418
- from European sources:
- Procurement: 0
- Grants: 728,106
- from national sources: 737,775
- from local/regional sources: 222,835
de fondations : 312,702
from other sources: 125,550
- donations: 124,678
- contributions from members: 872
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 50000  € - 100000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

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.