27 May 2009
Empowering the world’s poor
A new Amnesty International campaign to give a voice to people living in deprivation will empower “prisoners of poverty” as previous campaigns empowered prisoners of conscience, says Amnesty International’s Secretary General Irene Khan.
Irene Khan unveiled the Demand Dignity campaign at the launch of Amnesty International’s annual report on the state of the world’s human rights, which warns that the world is sitting on a “time bomb” fuelled by an unfolding human rights crisis.
“The economic downturn has aggravated abuses, distracted attention from them and created new problems. In the name of security, human rights were trampled on. Now, in the name of economic recovery, they are being relegated to the back seat,” she said.
Demand Dignity is a long-term campaign that will focus on tackling exclusion, discrimination, marginalisation and poverty.