Violence and torture continues on Rohingya

UN investigator blames Facebook for spreading hate against Rohingyas

The UN experts, who are tasked with investigating rights violations - including "genocide" - in Myanmar, said on Monday that Facebook played a role in the brutal atrocities against the Rohingya community by allowing hate speech to spread.

More than 650,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's Rakhine State into Bangladesh since a military crackdown last August. Hate speech is certainly of course a part of that.

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.

In response to a question last month about the most prominent of Myanmar's hardline nationalist monks, Wirathu, whose one-year preaching ban has recently expired, Facebook said it suspends and removes anyone who "consistently shares content promoting hate". 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.

She further adds, "I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended".

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.

The interim report is based on more than 600 interviews with human rights abuse victims and witnesses, which were carried out in Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand.

Myanmar has not allowed United Nations investigators into the country to investigate.




Yeehang Lee's comments follow the release of images by the human rights group Amnesty International.

"There are accusations from the global community - and we will have more of them - but we won't deny them; we will prove [them wrong] with our practical work", he said.

In addition the team has analysed satellite imagery, photographs and video footage taken within Myanmar.

"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.

"The body of information and materials we are collecting is concrete and overwhelming", the experts of the Fact-Finding Mission said in their oral report. "Others were hacked to death".

Facebook is a major news source for people in Myanmar, where it has been used as a platform to stir up public outrage against the Rohingya.

Facebook has previously discussed the problems it has faced trying to tackle hate speech in the country. "But we expect this to be a long-term challenge".

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