Poverty and human rights

Everyone, everywhere has the right to live with dignity. That means that no-one should be denied their rights to adequate housing, food, water and sanitation, and to education and health care.

Amnesty International is increasingly documenting how human rights violations drive and deepen poverty. People living in poverty have the least access to power to shape the policies of poverty and are frequently denied effective remedies for violations of their rights.

Amnesty International is working to hold governments, big business and other powerful actors to account for human rights violations which target people living in poverty, driving that poverty deeper still. 


This work is part of Amnesty International's Demand Dignity campaign, which aims to end the human rights violations that drive and deepen global poverty. The campaign mobilized people all over the world to demand that governments, corporations and others who have power listen to the voices of those living in poverty and recognise and protect their rights.

News and Updates

China: Halt imminent forced eviction of housing rights activist

11 September 2013

Chinese authorities must stop imminent plans to forcibly evict the last remaining residents of the village of Ba Gou just outside of Beijing.

Cambodia: Jailed activist must be released, not forgotten

3 September 2013

Cambodian human rights defender Yorm Bopha, imprisoned on spurious grounds last year, must be released immediately, Amnesty International said ahead of the one-year anniversary of her arrest.

French authorities forcibly evict 150 people, including 60 children

27 August 2013

The French authorities’ evictions of Romani communities across the country continue to flout international law a year after the government published an inter-ministerial circular on the issue.

Nigeria: Lagos state government must stop wave of devastating forced evictions

12 August 2013

New evidence from satellite images reveals the true extent of a forced eviction in Badia East, Lagos – one of Africa’s two megacities.

Israel: Protect citizens' rights to protest peacefully against forced evictions

31 July 2013

The Israeli authorities must not use excessive force on demonstrators planning to protest against a plan to forcibly evict tens of thousands of Arab Bedouins from their homes in southern Israel.

Video and Audio

Out of sight - In their own words

 

On August 21, 2009, the homes of 175 Roma families were demolished...

Forced eviction in Zimbabwe

5 October 2009

Short film on forced evictions in Zimbabwe.

Forced eviction in Ghana

5 October 2009

Short film about the Fadama slum in Accra, Ghana.

Forced eviction in Nigeria

5 October 2009

Short film about forced eviction in the Ngofaka-polo Waterfront community Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Forced eviction in Kenya

5 October 2009

Short film about forced evictions from slums in Nairobi, Kenya.