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Indications Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas — UN genocide adviser

Indications Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas — UN genocide adviser Indications Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas — UN genocide adviser
Sherri Watson | 13 March, 2018, 21:39

Social media has "substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict", Darusman told reporters on March 12.

The government of Sri Lanka also sought to block access to Facebook and two other of its social services, WhatsApp and Instagram, in an attempt to stem mob violence against its local Muslim minority - citing inflammatory social media posts, according to TechCrunch.

Backstory: Last August, military forces in Myanmar conducted operations focused on Rohingya Muslims.

Around 700,000 Rohingya people were forced to leave their homes in the Rakhine state to escape persecution at the hands of Myanmar authorities, an act condemned by the worldwide community as ethnic cleansing.

In an emailed statement, Facebook spokesperson Ruchika Budhraja said in part: "There is no place for hate speech or content that promotes violence on Facebook, and we work hard to keep it off our platform". United Nations special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee suggested that term was not strong enough.

Government spokesman Zaw Htay said the reports presented Monday by the Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar and U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee lacked credibility.

Investigators from the United Nations are now looking into a potential - the investigators recently said they are "becoming more convinced" that a genocide occurred - genocide in Myanmar that happened between October 2016 and August 2017.

"We know that the ultranationalist Buddhists have their own Facebooks and really (are) inciting a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities", Lee said.

"Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar", The Guardianquotedher as saying. 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. "The government leadership who did nothing to intervene, stop, or condemn these acts must also be held accountable".

"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast", Lee told reporters.

She called for the establishment of a United Nations structure, based in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, for a duration of three years to investigate, document, collect, consolidate, map, and analyse evidence of human rights violations and abuses.

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been the target of global vitriol for a perceived failure to stand up for the stateless minority.

Calls for action have grown louder since the Rohingya crisis erupted previous year, sending some 700,000 of the minority fleeing across the border since August.