United Nations investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis

United Nations investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis

United Nations investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis

Lee told the Human Rights Council that violent sweeps by the Myanmar army in Rakhine state that prompted about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh "bear the hallmarks of genocide".

Myanmar has not allowed United Nations investigators into the country to investigate.

The government of Sri Lanka also sought to block access to Facebook and two other of its social services, WhatsApp and Instagram, in an attempt to stem mob violence against its local Muslim minority - citing inflammatory social media posts, according to TechCrunch.

"Regarding the Myanmar military, we are receiving credible reports of indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary deprivation of liberty, enforced disappearances, destruction of property and pillage, torture and inhuman treatment, rape and other forms of sexual violence, forced labor, and the recruitment of children into armed forces", the report said.

While the Malaysian government is carrying out new laws to stamp out fake news in the country, the United Nations (UN) recently blamed social media, as the beast that is instigating violence, especially against Myanmar's ethnic minority Muslim community, the Rohingyas.

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UN Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee credited Facebook with helping the predominately Buddhist country of Myanmar to communicate.

"Neither the fact-finding mission nor Yanghee Lee are impartial", he said.

Lee said investigators should be based out of Bangladesh and work for three years to "collect, consolidate, map, analyse and maintain evidence of human rights violations and abuses".

The report expressed concern over a spike in reported human rights violations in the region that have resulted in significant displacement of population, further exacerbating a "longstanding humanitarian crisis".

He also said Myanmar would no longer cooperate with Lee because she "has made biased, one-sided and unfair accusations against Myanmar".

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"Despite the numerous warnings I have made of the risk of atrocity crimes, the worldwide community has buried its head in the sand", he said adding, this has cost the Rohingya population of Myanmar their lives, their dignity and their homes.

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was last week stripped of a prestigious human rights award by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, which accused her of doing little to halt the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.

"They were created by terrorists and their incitements of terrorism", he said.

'Of course, there is always more we can do and we will continue to work with local experts to help keep our community safe'.

A Rohingya refugee girl is seen crying in front of newly-arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in Ukhiya.

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"We have been working on accepting back refugees who actually lived in Rakhine state", Zaw Htay said. Translated by Khet Mar.

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