Mong Palatino

Blogging about the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific since 2004


@mongster is a Manila-based activist, former Philippine legislator, and blogger/analyst of Asia-Pacific affairs.

January 2022. Winter Olympics in “a sea of repression”, anniversary of a coup, and a new law against workplace harassment. Will there be ‘sportswashing” of China’s human rights situation during the Winter Olympics? Myanmar’s crackdown on journalists and dissenters continues ahead of coup anniversary. Pakistan enacts a new law that aims to protect women from workplace harassment. Read more.

February 2022. Women in focus: Standing up to attacks and defending the rights of all. Looking ahead to International Women’s Day, 8 March, this brief features stories of women who are overcoming various challenges to create a safer civic space for all: journalists facing persecution, students protesting the hijab ban in south India, a Sri Lankan lawyer testifying about human rights abuses, and striking Naga World hotel workers in Phnom Penh who are resisting persistent government intimidation. Read more.

March 2022. Civil society groups push back against Asia’s repressive new laws. From Myanmar’s ‘digital coup’ to Cambodia’s national internet gateway, several Asian countries have either adopted or are trying to push through new laws and regulations that threaten freedom of expression. But civil society groups and journalists are pushing back and mobilizing public awareness and resistance against these repressive measures. Read more.

Leave a Reply