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

US and UN must guarantee Haiti emergency assistance

22 January 2010

US authorities and UN agencies in Haiti must urgently resolve the lack of access to emergency aid for those in desperate need following last week's earthquake.

5 days to go: Burkina Faso Maternal Mortality Campaign Countdown

22 January 2010

Safiatou died while trying to reach a health centre after delivering her baby at home. Safiatou's story is one of 50 cases that Amnesty International’s researchers investigated in-depth.

US continues to look the other way on 'war on terror' abuses

20 January 2010

President Obama's administration has failed to match its words with concrete action when it comes to accountability and remedy for human rights violations committed in the name of 'countering terrorism'.

Israel's Gaza blockade continues to suffocate daily life

18 January 2010

Israel must end its suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip, which leaves more than 1.4 million Palestinians cut off from the outside world and struggling with desperate poverty.

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...