Indications Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas — UN genocide adviser
Mar 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
Social media has "substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict", Darusman told reporters on March 12. "Hate speech and incitement to violence on social media is rampant, particularly on Facebook".
Adama Dieng recently visited Bangladesh to assess the situation of the Rohingyas and said Tuesday that what he heard and witnessed "is a human tragedy with the fingerprints of the Myanmar government and of the worldwide community".
Lee told the Human Rights Council that violent sweeps by the Myanmar army in Rakhine state that prompted about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh "bear the hallmarks of genocide". The panel has repeatedly been denied visas to visit Myanmar.
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 global community's efforts to bring long-lasting peace, stability and democratisation to Myanmar. "I am becoming more convinced that crimes committed". Heavy artillery was being used in the offensives, U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
"There is a blurred line between freedom of speech and hate crime", said Lennon Chang, a lecturer in criminology in Monash University.
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While the Malaysian government is carrying out new laws to stamp out fake news in the country, the United Nations (UN) recently blamed social media, as the beast that is instigating violence, especially against Myanmar's ethnic minority Muslim community, the Rohingyas.
"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".
Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was last week stripped of a prestigious human rights award by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, which accused her of doing little to halt the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.
Calls for action have grown louder since the Rohingya crisis erupted past year, sending some 700,000 of the minority fleeing across the border since August.
Facebook has always been criticised for its role in the Rohingya crisis, an assessment now underscored by comments by United Nations investigators.