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UN cites Facebook role in Myanmar crisis

UN cites Facebook role in Myanmar crisis

The three-member probe, which was established last March to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Myanmar's Rakhine, Shan, and Kachin States, has conducted hundreds of interviews with refugees in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Malaysia that yielded "hundreds of credible accounts of the most harrowing nature", Darusman told the Human Rights Council on Monday.

Zaw Htay said Myanmar had barred the Fact-Finding Mission because it rejected its legitimacy.

Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in Bangladesh after fleeing Myanmars' Rakhine state after insurgent attacks led to a security crackdown last August.

"The long-standing conflicts in Kachin and Shan states have recently intensified, leading to more reports of serious violations of global human rights and humanitarian law committed in these areas by the security forces", it said.

Adama Dieng, who this past week visited Bangladesh's refugee camps and met officials, also urged the UN Security Council to hold Myanmar to account over the "international crimes".

United Nations human rights officials condemn the Myanmar government stating the government did not intervene to stop violence in Rakhine state and hold the government accountable for the crimes committed under the worldwide law.




According to Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, social media had played a "determining role" in Myanmar.

"It has. substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissention and conflict, if you will, within the public".

UN Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee said that "everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar", adding it has been used to spread hate speech.

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

A Facebook spokesperson told Mashable it has "clear rules" against hate speech and the incitement of violence, and that the company works hard to keep it off the platform. "I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended". At the end of February, Facebook removed the page of Myanmar monk Wirathu.


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