Violence and torture continues on Rohingya


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.

Lee said satellite images show that Myanmar is building military bases on sites where Rohingya villages have been bulldozed.

Facebook has always been criticised for its role in the Rohingya crisis, an assessment now underscored by comments by United Nations investigators.

In the past, Al Jazeera had highlighted how Facebook was used to amplify hate speech against Rohingya Muslims, while a year ago, Daily Beast reported that activists documenting the alleged ethnic cleansing in Myanmar were silenced by Facebook, as their postings were removed and their accounts suspended.

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.

'We take this incredibly seriously and have worked with experts in Myanmar for several years to develop safety resources and counter-speech campaigns, ' the spokesperson said.

THE widespread and systematic nature of the State-led violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma (Myanmar) "points to prior planning and organisation", according to a new report released Monday by the UN Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar.

"It has ... substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict, if you will, within the public".

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

UN Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee credited Facebook with helping the predominately Buddhist country of Myanmar to communicate. In the past, the company has said it's working to remove hate speech on Facebook in Myanmar and to remove users who share this kind of content consistently.

The social media giant has faced mounting pressure to delete inflammatory posts aimed at the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority that the United Nations says are victims of army-led ethnic cleansing.

Facebook has previously discussed the problems it has faced trying to tackle hate speech in the country.

The social media company has a policy that bars hate speech that targets people due to their race, ethnic identity or religion.

Noting that Rohingya Muslims have been killed, tortured, raped, burnt alive and humiliated, Dieng said: "Let us be clear: global crimes were committed in Myanmar. But we expect this to be a long-term challenge".