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

New route to justice for poorest being denied to millions

5 February 2013

Uruguay today provided the crucial 10th ratification of a new UN Protocol which will allow individuals and groups to seek justice if their rights are trampled on.

Davos and the bigger picture

24 January 2013

No one at the World Economic Forum should ignore global inequality, including from a human rights perspective, says Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

New youth website will enhance understanding of human rights and poverty

15 January 2013

Young people in countries around the world have the opportunity to learn about the link between poverty and human rights thanks to a new digital platform launched by Amnesty International.

Haiti: Three years on from earthquake housing situation catastrophic

11 January 2013

Three years on from the Haiti earthquake the housing situation in the country is nothing short of catastrophic with hundreds of thousands of people living in fragile shelters ever since.

Canada: Indigenous protest movement highlights deep-rooted injustices

4 January 2013

Canada's "Idle No More" protests are a response to the government’s current legislative agenda and to longstanding discrimination and injustices faced by Indigenous peoples.

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...