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

Report slams failure to prevent toxic waste dumping in West Africa

25 September 2012

Amnesty International and Greenpeace have called for a criminal investigation into Trafigura's toxic dumping in West Africa.

Italy’s Roma still segregated and without prospects

12 September 2012

Discriminatory laws, policies and practices which marginalize Italy’s Roma must be urgently changed.

Romania: Scores of Roma face imminent forced eviction

6 September 2012

More than 100 Romani adults and children face forced eviction from an informal settlement in northern Romania.

A class apart – Slovakia’s segregation of Romani students

31 August 2012

As the school year is about to begin in Slovakia, Romani families are dreading the prospect of their children being segregated from their classmates.

World Urban Forum: Leaders urged to end forced evictions

30 August 2012

Around the world, millions of people live in inadequate conditions in slums and informal settlements.

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...