Human Rights

Rights Corridor offers critically relevant views and analyses on human rights issues affecting marginalised groups or individuals across the Asia-Middle East and Africa-Middle East migration corridors through academic, policy, and multimedia publications and engagements. (Photo:


Just A Piece of Paper? The Philippines And Its West Philippine Sea Claim (May 23, 2021) Full video

  • Rights Corridor Dialogues’ latest episode (May 23), attempted to tackle the controversial issue on the Philippines’ legal claim on the West Philippine Sea as against China’s “historical claim”. Watch full video
  • The episode featured Atty. Howard M. Calleja, a well-respected professor of law in various notable law schools in the Philippines and one of the conveners of the recently launched 1sambayan (one nation) a pro-democracy coalition put together by retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch advocate of the protection and preservation of the West Philippine Sea, who also previously discussed the topic with Rights Corridor Dialogues (Understanding the West Philippine Sea, Oct. 17, 2020).
  • The virtual discussion with Prof. Calleja was joined by Philippine Consul General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Paul Raymund Cortes and some members of OFW Watch Italy, RC Dialogues partner for the episode.

Nepali Migrant Deaths in the Gulf (April 17, 2021) Full video

  • Human rights and migration experts Anurag Devkota of Law and Policy Forum for Social Justice (LAPSOJ-Nepal), Vani Saraswathi, Associate Editor and Director of Projects,, Dr. Naresh Sen, Ph.D., Secretary General/BOD and former VP of Nepal Association – NRNA UAE Community, Murtaza Khan, partner at Fragomen, the world’s largest immigration firm and representative of the GFMP’s Business Mechanism for the Middle East, join Rights Corridor Managing Director Froilan Malit, Jr. for an engaging conversation on the alarming increase in the number of deaths among Nepali migrant workers in Qatar and across the Gulf region.


Gender Equality and Empowering of Women in the Gulf (December 22, 2020) Full video

  • December 22 episode of Rights Corridor Dialogues tackled women issues, including gender equality and empowerment of women in the Gulf with women empowerment advocate, Love Charmaine Uychoco, founder of Prodigy Bureau Global Women Speakers, the organizers of GLOBAL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT worldwide.


Human Rights Issues in the Philippines (Part II) (December 13, 2020) Full video

  • Rights Corridor Dialogues’ engaging talk on the current state of human rights in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte. Atty. Erwin Caliba, Chief of the Legal, Legislative and Linkages Division of the Policy Advisory Office of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) joined the Dec.13 virtual discussion, put-up by Rights Corridor and OFW Watch Italy.


Human Rights Issues in the Philippines (Part I) (December 06, 2020) Full video 

  • RC Dialogues, has held a highly informative discussion on its December 06 episode, “Human Rights Issues in the Philippines” via Zoom and livestreamed on Rights Corridor Facebook page.
  • Cristina Palabay, Secretary-General of human rights group KARAPATAN (Rights) Alliance Philippines, and Regional Council Member of Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development and Danilo ”Ka Daning” Ramos, National Chairman of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement of the Philippines) joined in the virtual discussion, participated by officers and members of OFW Watch Italy.


Rice Liberalisation Law, Land Use Conversion, and the Peasant Situation in the Philippines (November 22, 2020) Full video

  • RC Dialogues in partnership with OFW Watch Italy organised this webinar series via Zoom and livestreamed on Rights Corridor Facebook page
  • Sunday episode discussed the effects of Rice Liberation Law (RA 11023) on the peasant situation in the Philippines. With special guest, Catarina Estavillo, Secretary General of the Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women and spokesperson of Bantay Bigas (Rice Watch Alliance)


Human Rights in the Context of COVID-19: The case of the Philippines and the Middle East Episode 1 (November 08, 2020) Full video

  • RC Dialogues in partnership with OFW Watch Italy organised this webinar series via Zoom and livestreamed on Rights Corridor Facebook page
  • Dean Antonio La Vina, human rights lawyer and professor at UP College of Law, University of the Philippines and Ateneo Law School, Ateneo de Manila University was special guest


Understanding the West Philippine Sea: A Community Dialogue Between Justice Carpio and the Philippine Diaspora (October 17, 2020) Full video

  • Former Assoc. Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, Hon. Antonio Carpio enlightened members of the Filipino community in Italy on the issues surrounding the much-disputed West Philippine Sea (part of South China Sea)
  • The special episode of RC dialogues was organised by Rights Corridor partner OFW Watch Europe Network (OFW Watch Italy)


Anti-Terror Act Discussion (July 19, 2020) Full video

  • RC Dialogues special episode on the controversial Philippine Anti-Terrorism Law 202 in partnership with OFW WATCH ITALY
  • Guests: law experts Atty. Neri Colmenares, House of Congress party representative, Bayan Muna Party-list (Country First) and Atty. Mel Sta. Maria, dean of Far Eastern University’s law school and law professor at the Ateneo School of Law


Multi-Stakeholders Coordination of Health Services for Women Migration Workers on Gender-based Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 14 – 15, 2020)View video 1  View video 2

  • Webinar consultation moderated by Froilan Malit, Jr, Rights Corridor Managing Director
  • Hosted by the Development Action for Women Network (DAWN) in partnership with UN Women-Philippines; UN Migration Agency (IOM); International Labour Organization (ILO)


Understanding the Philippine Universal Healthcare Act and PhilHealth (May 15, 2020) Full video

  • A special edition of RC Dialogues with PhilHealth officials, the OFW Community in the Gulf
  • Guests: Senior PhilHealth Officials, Dr. Shirley Domingo, PhilHealth VP Corporate Communications; Ms. Chona Yap, Senior Manager, Overseas Filipinos Program; Jason Bucton, FilCom – Dubai & DNE Chairman 2020; Ricky Laxa, The Times Kuwait journalist and GMA7 news correspondent


The Philippine State and It’s Universal Healthcare Act: Voices of Filipino Migrants on Global Context (May 09, 2020)  Full video

  • An episode of RC Discussions on the much talked about Philippine Universal Health Act 
  • Guests: Rhoderick Ople, President of OFW Watch Italy and Noel Tolentino, Secretary-General of Migrante International – Qatar Chapter