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

States urged to support rights to water and sanitation

29 July 2010

United Nations says an estimated 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water while more than 2.6 billion people have no access to basic sanitation.

Man shot dead by police in Nairobi forced eviction protests

21 July 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Kenyan authorities to investigate the death of a market trader reportedly shot dead by police during a protest against forced evictions in a Nairobi settlement.

Nairobi settlement residents tell of forced eviction misery

15 July 2010

Residents and market traders from the Kabete NITD slum in Nairobi have told Amnesty International how local authorities destroyed their homes and livelihoods, leaving many struggling to survive.

Hundreds made homeless by mass forced eviction in Kenya

15 July 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Kenyan authorities to halt the forced evictions in a Nairobi settlement that have left hundreds of families homeless and destitute.

US-Israel talks must seek end to Gaza blockade

7 July 2010

Amnesty International reiterated its call on Israel to completely lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip as Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu met US President Barack Obama in Washington this week.

Video and Audio

Teargas in Egypt's Tahrir Square

29 June 2011

Amnesty International's Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui reports from demonstrations in Tahrir Square, Cairo.

World Habitat Day - Slideshow 2

World Habitat Day - Slideshow 2

Out of sight - In their own words

Maja was with her children on the day of the resettlement, and she describes here what conditions are like in the settlement of Rakovica...