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

India: Vedanta's human rights promises 'meaningless and hollow'

28 August 2012

The UK-registered mining company Vedanta has attempted to “gloss over” criticisms of its poor human rights record in India's Orissa state.

France must commit to ending forced evictions of Roma

21 August 2012

French cabinet members must take action to halt forced evictions of Roma communities and set a housing policy that respects and protects their rights.

Americas: Governments prioritize profit over Indigenous peoples’ rights

8 August 2012

Governments across the Americas are putting profit before the physical and cultural survival of thousands of Indigenous peoples.

Americas: Time and again, Indigenous rights trampled for development

8 August 2012

Across the Americas, governments are trampling over the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the name of economic development.

Czech Republic: Roma families at imminent risk of forced eviction

3 August 2012

More than 40 Roma families face a possible forced eviction this weekend in the north-eastern Czech Republic town of Ostrava.

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...