Facebook had a 'role' in Rohingya genocide

Facebook had a 'role' in Rohingya genocide

Facebook had a 'role' in Rohingya genocide

Since Aug. 25, 2017, more than 750,000 refugees, mostly children, and women, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community, according to rights groups.

Adama Dieng spent a week in Bangladesh to assess the condition of the nearly 700,000 Rohingyas who had fled across the border from Myanmar, and he said during his trip he heard "terrifying stories".

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

"People died from gunshot wounds, often due to indiscriminate shooting at fleeing villagers", 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).

Myanmar argues that its "clearance operation" is a counter-insurgency in response to deadly attacks by Rohingya militants, and last week demanded the United Nations provide "clear evidence" of atrocities against the Rohingya.

The Myanmar government has also denied the allegations and blocked Darusman's fact-finding mission, appointed by the United Nations a year ago, from entering the country to conduct an independent investigation.

The mission's report was based on over 600 in-depth interviews with victims and witnesses.

UN Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee said Facebook was a huge part of public, civil and private life, and the government used it to disseminate information to the public.

Facebook apparently took no action, however.

Two reports to the United Nations have found that Myanmar has carried out extreme human rights violations against the Rohingya people, abuses that are most likely crimes under global law.

But Myanmar's government rejected the legitimacy of the reports.

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The Myanmar government has temporarily barred Lee from visiting the country on her periodic missions to evaluate rights developments, particularly in violence-ridden Rakhine state.

He also said Myanmar would no longer cooperate with Lee because she "has made biased, one-sided and unfair accusations against Myanmar".

"We have been talking about these possibilities repeatedly, and we have cooperated with Bangladesh because of them", he said.

The US representative said her country was "appalled by the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya".

Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay in an undated photo.

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"They were created by terrorists and their incitements of terrorism", he said.

"Learning from experts on-the-ground, we will continue to refine the way in which we implement and promote awareness of our policies to ensure that our community is safe, especially people who may be vulnerable or under attack".

She interviewed more than 100 refugees in Bangladesh, and they told her bad things: "Parents told me harrowing accounts of witnessing their young children being thrown into fires".

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

"Another thing we're giving priority to is not falling into a trap set by ARSA, which is trying to gain a political advantage from this issue", he said. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

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