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

Cambodia: Free two women campaigning against forced evictions

19 December 2012

Two human rights defenders are facing lengthy prison sentences in Cambodia on trumped-up charges.

Italy: Time to address exploitation of migrant workers

18 December 2012

A new report focuses on the severe exploitation of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Asia, in Italy's agricultural sector.

Romania: The Roma who were evicted to live by a landfill site

17 December 2012

Some 300 Roma people mark the anniversary of their forced eviction from a Romanian town to live in horrendous conditions on the edge of a landfill.

Ireland: Abortion issue must be clarified by Irish government

17 November 2012

The tragic death of Savita Halappanavar illustrates a gap in Irish law and policy on the most basic human rights level - that is a woman’s right to access abortion where her life is at risk.

Czech government still failing to address discrimination against Romani children in schools

8 November 2012

Romani children in the Czech Republic are still being denied the educational opportunities offered to other students.

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...