Amnesty International action for economic, social and cultural rights
What is Amnesty International doing?
For nearly 50 years, Amnesty International and its millions of supporters around the world have been working to address the most pressing human rights issues of the day.
In the 21st Century, the widespread denial of economic, social and cultural rights remains among the world's most pressing human rights concerns.
Amnesty International joins local communities and activists worldwide in campaigning for economic, social and cultural rights to be respected, protected and fulfilled. The organization researches and campaigns for an end to violations of these rights, calling for justice for people affected and for those responsible to be held to account.
Human rights are inter-linked – to ensure the protection of human dignity, we must campaign to secure all human rights for all people.
Amnesty International has focused on forced evictions, housing demolitions, violations of indigenous land rights and other violations of the right to adequate housing in Italy, Cambodia (Cambodia burns homes of the poor), Slovakia, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Angola (follow up report in 2007), Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Brazil, Kenya, Albania and Canada (Time is wasting: Respect for the land rights of the Lubicon Cree long overdue)
Amnesty International has highlighted violations linked to maternal mortality, HIV and AIDs and/or mental health in Peru (Poor and excluded women. Denial of the right to maternal and child health), South Africa (Rural women the losers in HIV response), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Bulgaria, Romania and Rwanda.
Amnesty International has documented discrimination against the Roma and other minorities as well as other concerns around access to education in Slovakia (Romani children segregated in Slovakia’s schools), Democratic Republic of Congo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.
Amnesty International has called attention to violations of the right to food in Zimbabwe (Power and hunger - violations of the right to food) and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Rights to and at work
Amnesty International has focused on discrimination in employment, abuses against internal migrants, migrant domestic workers and trade unions and/or forced labour in China (China's growing underclass). The human cost of an economic 'miracle' Bosnia and Herzegovina, Myanmar, Dominican Republic (Haitian migrants denied basic rights in Dominican Republic), Thailand and Colombia.
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 will mobilize 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. For more information visit the Demand Dignity section.