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. For more information visit the Demand Dignity section.

News and Updates

Serbia: Evicted Roma families finally granted access to water

19 July 2012

Action by Amnesty International has prompted Serbian authorities to supply drinking water to evicted Roma families.

Ecuador: Authorities misuse judicial system to stop protests

17 July 2012

Ecuador’s authorities are misuing the judicial system to clamp down on indigenous and campesino leaders involved in social conflicts over development projects.

Rio+20 outcome document undermined by human rights opponents

22 June 2012

Despite opposition, human rights language has survived in the Rio+20 summit's outcome document – but it does not go far enough.

Rio + 20: Anchor sustainable development in human rights

12 June 2012

World leaders have a once in a generation chance to create a meaningful link between sustainable development and human rights.

Ecuador: The Sarayaku struggle goes global

25 May 2012

A Sarayaku indigenous activist speaks out about her community's fight to defend their rights and protect their traditional lands in Ecuador's rainforest.

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...