The world is facing a health crisis on a scale unlike anything seen in our lifetimes, bringing suffering, disruption and dislocation to people across the globe. From Kenya to Indonesia, many of the countries where PBI work are already facing socioeconomic dislocation and political disruption.

Countries going through crises make dangerous places for refugees, migrants, and internally displaced peoples. Acceptance of migration, attitudes towards foreigners, and border regimes are all in flux. Refugees are finding it even more difficult to leave their countries and migrants face travel disruption, loss of income, or illness. Lockdown measures have made it both harder to seek asylum and return home, while many are denied access to government crises measures.

Read on to learn more about the important role human rights defenders play in supporting these communities and what we are doing to ensure they are safe, supported and equipped to carry out their work.