Two UN officials cricitised Facebook for allowing anti-Rohingya messages online

14 March, 2018, 05:44 | Author: Essie Rivera
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United Nations human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Rakhine state warned that Facebook's platform is being used by ultra-nationalist Buddhists to incite violence and hatred against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities.

Responding to comments by Lee and Darusman, Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay told RFA's Myanmar Service on Tuesday that the country had blocked the United Nations fact-finding mission because it rejected its legitimacy, and because its members were prejudiced in their assessment of the situation in Rakhine state by labeling it genocide or ethnic cleansing.

"It has. substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissention and conflict, if you will, within the public". "Hate speech and incitement to violence on social media is rampant, particularly on Facebook".

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.

"We have invested significantly in technology and local language expertise to help us swiftly remove hate content and people who repeatedly violate our hate speech policies", Budhraja said, adding that the company has worked with experts in Myanmar on "safety resources and counter-speech campaigns". Because of that, it's been easy for ultra-nationalists to use the platform to stoke hatred against the Rohingya minority, who have been targeted by government forces, killed by the thousands and driven out of the country.

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

The South Korean academic, who has been barred from visiting Myanmar, called for a UN-backed investigation based in Bangladesh.

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"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended", she warned. Investigators also analyzed satellite imagery, photos and video footage.

The council was told elderly, people with disabilities, and young children have been burned alive in their homes and the military were involved in gang rapes.

In Rakhine state, Myanmar appeared to be pursuing a policy of forced starvation to make life there unsustainable for the Rohingya, Lee 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". "Others were hacked to death".

Lee said the violence in Rakhine had eclipsed anything seen in recent years in Myanmar, where the government has also fought insurgents in Shan, Kayin and Kachin states.

"This casts further doubt on the sincerity of Myanmar regarding repatriating the Rohingya from Bangladesh", she said.


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