Poverty and Human Rights

Demand Dignity

Everyone, everywhere has the right to live with dignity. No one should be denied their rights to adequate housing, food, water and sanitation, and to education and health care.

As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says (Article 22): "Everyone ... is entitled to realization ... of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his [or her] dignity."

Amnesty International documents 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 that target people living in poverty, deepening that poverty.

Poverty and Human Rights Updates
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Mayor Mike Duggan has promised to help customers keep their water while the city develops payment plans and financial assistance for those who need it most.
News
The decision by a World Bank inspection panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a World Bank project in Lagos shows a complete disregard for its responsibilities, A...
Victory

In April the Indian Supreme Court ruled that the affected communities must be consulted if Vedanta were to go ahead with any mining. In August, all 12 of the local villages rejected plans for the m...

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Qatar's laws do not limit the number of hours a day or the number of days a week that domestic workers can be asked to work. At its worst extreme, the abuse of domestic workers can involve physical...