Who we are

We identify and expose human rights abuses committed across the world by people using police, security, and military equipment. Such technologies range from small arms and light weapons to large weapon systems; from standard policing technologies and prison equipment to equipment designed for torture.

We track the development, procurement, and use of weapons, and push for stronger controls at each stage. Established in 1990, we’ve developed extensive expertise, which we use to protect human rights and prevent torture and other grave violations.

We use a mix of research techniques to gather and analyse evidence, and partner with human rights organisations from around the world, including Amnesty International, Justiça Global, and KontraS. Through briefings and trainings we share our specialist knowledge with human rights defenders, torture survivors, journalists, and others, and we work with governments, the courts, police forces, and institutions such as the UN to improve standards and drive change.


  • Monitor the international military, security, and policing trade in the pursuit of transparency and accountability;
  • Provide campaigning organisations with timely and accurate case study information to lobby for tougher controls on international transfers of weapons and equipment;
  • Work with NGOs and media agencies to expose companies and governments that flout regulations on transfers of weapons and equipment; and
  • Provide torture survivor support groups with the information that allows them to seek legal redress.

Omega Research Foundation Limited is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales – Number 1105918 and Companies House – Number 05224240. A copy of our most recent audited accounts can be found here.

We are a small organisation with a huge mission. Reacting to live events and running longer-term projects, we continue to hold perpetrators to account.

We rely on the generous support of our funders. If you would like to support our work please click here.