UN Finds Facebook Partly to Blame for Fueling Myanmar Genocide

Myanmar Army Grabbing Land Left by Fleeing Rohingya Amnesty International

They also said any attempt to deny the atrocities being committed in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states was "untenable", and pushed for an independent body to start collecting evidence to prosecute those responsible at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"Bear the hallmarks of genocide, and call in the strongest terms for accountability", she told the UN Human Rights Council, reported the AFP.

A top United Nations rights expert on Monday had warned that the crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya minority bore "the hallmarks of genocide" and insisted the government should be held accountable. 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.

The UN's Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar announced the interim findings of its investigation on Monday. "It points at human rights violations of the most serious kind, in all likelihood amounting to crimes under global law".

The report was based on information gathered from a series of missions to Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand, where teams of investigators conducted over 600 in-depth interviews with victims and witnesses of reported human rights violations and abuses.

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

Reuters reports that in an interim submission to the U.N. Human Rights Council, fact-finding mission chair Marzuki Darusman emphasized the "determining role" of social media networks in the conflict, which he said "substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict" in Myanmar.

"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended", she said, replying to a question about the merit of the social media platform in the country, which began transitioning to a democracy in 2011. In the past, the company has said it's working to remove hate speech on Facebook in Myanmar and to remove users who share this kind of content consistently.

"Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar", she said.

"Ethnic armed organisations have complained that the reason for this is largely due to the failure of the government and the Tatmadaw (Myanmar military) to take steps to earn the trust of stakeholders", Lee said. The quest for accountability "must be aimed at the individuals who gave the orders and carried out violations against individuals and entire ethnic and religious groups", Lee said.

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