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

Belgrade authorities urged to halt forced eviction of 300 Roma families

23 April 2010

Amnesty International has urged authorities in the Serbian capital Belgrade not to carry out the planned forced eviction of a Romani settlement.

Dow cannot run from the legacy of Bhopal by sponsoring 'Run For Water' events

16 April 2010

The chemical company has been warned it cannot escape responsibility for the ongoing impacts of the 1984 gas leak by sponsoring an event that highlights water scarcity.

More than 50,000 people in Kenya at risk of imminent forced eviction

15 April 2010

Those living alongside the country's railway lines have been told to pull down their structures and leave, or risk prosecution. Most are slum dwellers in Nairobi.

Libya must stop forced evictions of Tabu tribe members

6 April 2010

Scores of Tabu families have lost their homes since November 2009 and it appears that many more evictions may be planned.

USA urged to confront shocking maternal mortality rate

12 March 2010

Amnesty International called on US President Barack Obama to tackle soaring rates of maternal mortality and pregnancy-related complications that particularly affect those in poverty.

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...