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

Over 500 families in São Paulo left homeless after forced evictions

28 August 2009

Following a large-scale police operation, the families are now sleeping under plastic sheeting on land opposite the site of the eviction. They are without food or blankets in cold, wet conditions.

Third mass killing of Colombia's Awá Indigenous Peoples in 2009

28 August 2009

Twelve people, including four children, all thought to be members of the same family, have been killed by unidentified gunmen. This is the third such killing in less than a year.

Indigenous Mexican woman unfairly accused of kidnapping agents

18 August 2009

Mother of six Jacinta Francisco Marcial has been in prison since 2006. She has been sentenced to 21 years for her part in the alleged kidnapping of six federal agents in Mexico.

A further 160 families in Cambodia face forced eviction

13 August 2009

A further 160 families in Cambodia are to be forcibly evicted from their homes without being given adequate alternative housing or just compensation.

Kenya must provide shelter for 3,000 forcibly evicted in winter

28 July 2009

The evictions appear to have been carried out as part of the government of Kenya's plans to build a new road, the Northern Bypass.

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...