Philippine human rights agency joins Rights Corridor Dialogues


Staff Report

The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines through its representative Atty. Erwin Caliba, Chief of the Legal, Legislative and Linkages Division of the Policy Advisory Office has joined Sunday episode (Dec. 13) of Rights Corridors Dialogues, “Human Rights Issues in the Philippines (Part II)”, updating RC Dialogues’ online audience on the current state of human rights in the Philippines under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The engaging virtual discussion with the legal expert did not only tackle on Duterte government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also delved on how the global crisis has exacerbated cases of gender-based violence and cyber abuse of children’s rights in the country.

Atty. Caliba’s wide-ranging presentation also included often neglected human rights issues of persons with disabilities (PWD), the indigenous people, and the elderly, disclosing how these marginalised groups are struggling to survive amid the pandemic given insufficient support from the government.

The agency’s chief of legal division also gave an update on the current civil and political rights in the country, zooming in on today’s most controversial topics of extra judicial killings in relation to President Duterte’s war on drugs, the anti-terror bill, and the red-tagging or red-baiting of government critics and dissidents.

Atty. Caliba entertained questions from the virtual meeting participants as well as from the audience watching the livestreaming on Facebook. Watch full video

The Human Rights Issues in the Philippines episodes of Rights Corridor Dialogues were set-up by Rights Corridor and OFW Watch Italy.