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

France: Scores of Roma left homeless in forced eviction near Paris

15 October 2012

Around 150 Roma inhabitants have been evicted from an informal settlement in the eastern suburbs of Paris.

China: Rise in forced evictions fuelling discontent

11 October 2012

Violent forced evictions in China are on the rise as local authorities seek to offset huge debts by seizing and then selling off land in suspect deals with property developers.

Sarayaku Indigenous People and Amnesty International win film award

2 October 2012

A groundbreaking documentary about an Ecuadorian Indigenous community’s successful legal battle  has won a prestigious award.

Honduras: Killing of human rights lawyer exposes dire need for action

25 September 2012

The brazen murder of a Honduran human rights lawyer underscores just why the country’s authorities must step up their efforts to protect human rights defenders.

Report slams failure to prevent toxic waste dumping in West Africa

25 September 2012

Amnesty International and Greenpeace have called for a criminal investigation into Trafigura's toxic dumping in West Africa.

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...