Publicado: Mier, Marcha 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

UN investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis

UN investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis

The special rapporteur added that the investigative body should maintain and prepare evidence in a master database to support and facilitate impartial, fair and independent worldwide criminal proceedings in national or global courts or tribunals in accordance with global criminal law standards.

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). Heavy artillery was being used in the offensives, U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Guardian reports that over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state following an alleged spate of murders and rapes. "It points at human rights violations of the most serious kind, in all likelihood amounting to crimes under global law".

"Hate speech is certainly, of course, a part of that", he added.

The Myanmar forces grabbed Rohingya lands and burnt their houses during the violence period from August in the year 2017.

The body said that social media had played a "determining role" in Myanmar by serving hate speech, reportedReuters.

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.

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"It has. substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict, if you will, within the public", Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the fact-finding mission, told reporters.

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

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".

United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, also spoke of her experience investigating the unfolding crisis.

Delivering her report to thecCouncil in Geneva, Lee said that to date accountability for the crimes committed in Rakhine state following 25 August 2017, and 9 October 2016, was elusive, adding that this must now be the focus of the worldwide community's efforts to bring long-lasting peace, stability and democratisation to Myanmar.

Lee adds that the ultra-nationalist Buddhists also have their own Facebook accounts which incite "a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities". This could then be used to place those "individuals who gave the orders and carried out violations against individuals and entire ethnic and religious groups" on trial for their crimes.

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