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

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.

Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Facts and Figures

14 February 2013

Facts and figures relating to the issues of sexual and reproductive rights, in the context of the International Conference on Population and Development

Women’s silent killer – rights missing from sexual and reproductive health policies worldwide

13 February 2013

From Indonesia to Peru, Sierra Leone to the USA, millions of women and girls are paying with their lives failed health policies, inadequate care, and discriminatory laws.

New route to justice for poorest being denied to millions

5 February 2013

Uruguay today provided the crucial 10th ratification of a new UN Protocol which will allow individuals and groups to seek justice if their rights are trampled on.

Davos and the bigger picture

24 January 2013

No one at the World Economic Forum should ignore global inequality, including from a human rights perspective, says Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

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...