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

New global development agenda must have human rights at its core

10 May 2013

World leaders must reject an aid-based model of development and instead pursue an approach that puts human rights and justice at its core.

Italy: Supreme Court strikes down the ‘Nomad emergency’ for good

2 May 2013

By declaring the so-called “Nomad emergency” unlawful and unfounded, Italy's Supreme Court has helped to end discrimination against Roma communities.

Haiti: Forced evictions worsen the already dire lot of earthquake homeless

23 April 2013

Forced evictions in Haiti are worsening the already desperate situation of thousands of people still living in displacement camps more than three years after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.

Greece: Despair pervades camps after 33 migrant workers shot in Manolada

22 April 2013

The victims of a recent shooting at a strawberry farm in southern Greece still fear for their livelihoods and safety, Amnesty International said after a visit to the farm. 

Israel: New government must scrap plans to forcibly evict Bedouin

20 April 2013

Israel’s new government must drop a proposed law that would lead to mass forced evictions of Bedouin people and instead pursue legislation to protect Bedouin housing rights.

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...