United Nations blames Facebook for spreading hatred

UN: Facebook is a “beast” of dissension and conflict

Lee said satellite images show that Myanmar is building military bases on sites where Rohingya villages have been bulldozed.

Following the crackdown by Myanmar armed forces, around 700,000 people who belong to the Rohingya community have fled Myanmar and sought refuge in neighboring Bangladesh.

It also suggested that, according to interviews conducted by Myanmar officials in Rakhine, many people left their homes owing to lack of jobs, food and threats from the ARSA.

While in Bangladesh, he said, it is imperative that the Rohingyas have more chances for education and work which will help them as refugees and when they eventually return to Myanmar.

"Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar...it was used to convey public messages but we know that the ultra-nationalist Buddhists have their own Facebooks and are really inciting a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities", she said. With monsoon rains coming, aid groups worry that large sections of these settlements could wash away.


Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee (R) gives her report next to the Chairperson of the Fact-Finding Mission on MyanmSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee (R) gives her report next to the Chairperson of the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar Marzuki Darusman, during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 12, 2018.

A United Nations (UN) fact-finding mission has determined that Facebook played a role in spreading hate speech against the highly persecuted Rohingya minority in Myanmar. Myanmar's national security adviser demanded "clear evidence". At least 9,000 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine state from August 25 to September 24 previous year, according to Doctors Without Borders.

Last month, Bangladesh handed a list of 8,032 Rohingya from 1,673 families to Myanmar, to start the first phase of repatriations. "That's why they can come back immediately if they want", U Myint Kyaing said. Human Rights Watch has called those internment camps, with their long houses and barbed-wire fences, "open-air prisons". "Additionally, there appears to be a policy of forced starvation in place, created to make life in northern Rakhine unsustainable for Rohingya who remain". Mr. Zaw Htay said on Wednesday that, more than five years later, the "process of moving them to their original places" had finally begun.

Still, the task of bringing the perpetrators to justice - in this instance the Myanmar military and its top commanders, including Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing - will not be easy due to the geopolitics of the United Nations Security Council, where Myanmar allies China and Russian Federation can veto any proposal to impose sanctions.

Crimes verging on genocide were being committed against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, and those crimes bore "the fingerprints of the Myanmar government and of the global community", the United Nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide said on Tuesday.

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