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

Turkey must allow refugees to return without fear

23 October 2009

As refugees begin to leave the Mahmur camp in northern Iraq, Amnesty International has urged the authorities to allow Turkish citizens of Kurdish origin to return without harassment and discrimination.

Peru one step closer to legalising abortion

23 October 2009

The Peruvian Congress' has decided to stand by its proposal to decriminalize abortion in cases where women and girls become pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

Peru must build on plans to legalise abortion

20 October 2009

Amnesty International has called on the Peruvian authorities to step up recent efforts to decriminalise abortion in the country.

Paraguayan indigenous families left homeless after bill rejected

16 October 2009

Amnesty International has criticised the Paraguayan Congress for rejecting a draft bill that would have returned ancestral land to the Yakye Axa indigenous community.

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...