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Mong Palatino

activist and two-term member of the philippine house of representatives. blogging since 2004 at mongster’s nest. joined global voices in 2006.

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15 November 2017

#StopTheCrackdownVN: Global Groups Call for Human Rights Protection in Vietnam

Global Voices Advocacy

Human rights groups are stepping up the campaign urging the Vietnamese government to release 165 prisoners and conscience and to stop the persecution of activists and bloggers.

14 November 2017

Facebook's ‘Explore Feed’ Experiment Is Hurting Small Businesses, NGOs, and Political Groups in Cambodia

Global Voices Advocacy

"By slicing news out of people’s feeds....Facebook has cut off a source of information for millions of Cambodians."

3 November 2017

Indonesian Police Go After Social Media Users for Mocking House Speaker

Global Voices Advocacy

"What does it say about....Indonesia when a politician can continue to act with impunity, while somebody who spreads a meme about him gets arrested?"

27 October 2017

Indonesian Law Makes It Easier to Disband Extremist Groups, but Could Undermine Civil Liberties

"There are many ways for the government to combat radicalism and defend social cohesion. Removing meaningful legal protections of freedom of association is not the way to do that."

25 October 2017

Tonga Government Accused of Controlling State Media Ahead of Elections

"Government needs to stop using so-called losses as an excuse to apply punitive changes aimed at gagging newsroom and management in a leading public broadcaster of the region."

23 October 2017

Thai Historian Could Face 15 Years in Prison for ‘Insulting’ a 16th-Century King

"The military regime just wants to persecute me. They can do anything. So I achieve equanimity. I’m detached. In fact I pity them. I pity those who have power."

16 October 2017

Was the Anti-Kleptocracy Rally That Gathered Thousands in Malaysia a Success or Failure?

"...the speakers were too heavy on condemnations of corruption, kleptocracy...instead of saying more about how a Pakatan government, if elected, will deal with issues..."

13 October 2017

‘Are We Still in the Stone Age?’ Cambodians Express Disappointment as Government Bans ‘Kingsman’ Movie Sequel

"This is ludicrous, I can't believe these so-called experts could not distinguish between fiction and reality."

8 October 2017

Malaysian Artist Paints ‘Mother Gaia’ to Call for Environmental Protection and Women’s Rights

"In the Mother GAIA series, breastfeeding is symbolic of how mother earth provides for us, feeds and sustains us."

6 October 2017

Malaysia Bans Books and Cartoons Deemed ‘Prejudicial to Public Order’

"By banning books that provoke the mind to think critically, this government of ours showed its true color of being an authority of bigotry and anti-intellectualism."

5 October 2017

Is Free Speech an ‘Empty Promise’ in Singapore? Activists Bristle After Police Detain Performance Artist

Global Voices Advocacy

Under Singapore’s strict Public Order Act, a single person can be held liable for participating in an illegal assembly.

28 September 2017

Malaysia Detained Turkish Scholar Mustafa Akyol for ‘Unauthorized Teaching’ of Religion

"By policing religion, authorities are not really protecting it. They are only enfeebling their societies, raising hypocrites and causing many people to lose their faith in or respect for Islam."

25 September 2017

Purple March Unites a Thousand Malaysian Women Against ‘Toxic Politics’

"It was quite a sight to behold. 1,000 people does not sound like a lot, but in Malaysia...protesting is not looked upon kindly..."

23 September 2017

Myanmar Government Vows to Address Refugee Crisis in Rakhine State, but Avoids Saying ‘Rohingya’

"Aung San Suu Kyi today demonstrated that she and her government are still burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State."

21 September 2017

Human Rights Group Prevented by Police and Anti-Communist Mob From Commemorating 1965 Massacre in Indonesia

"The complete inaction of the police to stop this violence, contributes to the erosion of democracy and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly in Indonesia."

13 September 2017

Journalist Faces Defamation Probe for Comparing Indonesia’s Treatment of West Papua with Myanmar's Rohingya

Global Voices Advocacy

Dandhy posted his comments on Facebook following a rally condemning the Myanmar government for its treatment of Rohingya refugees.

12 September 2017

Singaporeans Face Police Investigation After Holding Candlelight Vigil for Executed Migrant Worker

When a nonviolent vigil for a man about to be hanged is deemed 'illegal assembly' worthy of a police investigation, it's time to rethink public order and freedom of assembly.

10 September 2017

#PotongSteam: Malaysian Gamers Blast Blocking of Website Over ‘Fight of Gods’ Video Game

Global Voices Advocacy

"First they come for (political posts), but I am not political. Then they come for the gamers..."

6 September 2017

Cambodia Daily Closes Down After Government Threatened It with Hefty Tax Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

"Cambodia lost a significant aspect of its media diversity. It lost a training ground for a generation of Khmer journalists. It lost a beacon of free speech."

2 September 2017

Papua New Guinea’s Health Minister Accused of Ordering Public Hospitals to Stop Speaking About the Country’s Drug Shortage

"I must make it very, very clear, that if we run short of medicines, we will continue making noise, irrespective of the ministerial orders in place."

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