United Nations blames hate posts on Facebook for Rohingya crisis

Marsha Scott
March 14, 2018

Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country following the murder of their people by Myanmar security forces.

Marzuki Darusman, chairman of a United Nations fact-finding mission on Myanmar, told the United Nations rights council that 'hate speech and incitement to violence on social media is rampant, particularly on Facebook, ' according to a written statement of his remarks.

Third, He lauded the remarkable work done by the Bangladeshi authorities in responding to the arrival of nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar in the space of six months.

In Myanmar, which is still effectively controlled by the military, Facebook is so prevalent that it essentially functions as the entire internet, and is the main source of information for citizens (a local digital marketing agency puts the share of the population on Facebook at about 20%).

"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.

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, presented a 30-page report on the situation of human rights in the country on Monday (12 March). "Although there are accusations, we would like to have clear evidence".

The mission's report was based on over 600 in-depth interviews with victims and witnesses. Marzuki Darusman, the chairperson of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, said the social media giant played a "determining role" in the alleged genocide in Rakhine state.

"We don't accept it because making prejudgments is unethical", he said.

The government of Myanmar has previously said the United Nations needs to provide "clear evidence" to support allegations of crimes against Rohingya. Dieng said Myanmar had made "no genuine efforts" to ensure those who returned were guaranteed freedom and safety.

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In her statement, Lee said that actions in the country "bear the hallmarks of genocide".

"We have been talking about these possibilities repeatedly, and we have cooperated with Bangladesh because of them", he said. She said "crimes under worldwide law" have been committed against the Rohingya.

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

Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay in an undated photo.

"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". "I am becoming more convinced that crimes committed".

Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed in November to begin repatriating Rohingya who volunteered to return to Rakhine, but the plan has stalled.

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