Myanmar : UN Findings on Human Rights Lack Credibility

Myanmar : UN Findings on Human Rights Lack Credibility

Myanmar : UN Findings on Human Rights Lack Credibility

The UN experts, who are tasked with investigating rights violations - including "genocide" - in Myanmar, said on Monday that Facebook played a role in the brutal atrocities against the Rohingya community by allowing hate speech to spread. Investigators also analyzed satellite imagery, photos and video footage.

Responding to comments by Lee and Darusman, Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay told RFA's Myanmar Service on Tuesday that the country had blocked the United Nations fact-finding mission because it rejected its legitimacy, and because its members were prejudiced in their assessment of the situation in Rakhine state by labeling it genocide or ethnic cleansing.

In response to a question last month about the most prominent of Myanmar's hardline nationalist monks, Wirathu, whose one-year preaching ban has recently expired, Facebook said it suspends and removes anyone who "consistently shares content promoting hate".

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh amid a crackdown by Myanmar security forces that began last August after a string of insurgent attacks.

The council was told elderly, people with disabilities, and young children have been burned alive in their homes and the military were involved in gang rapes.

While Lee expressed hope that de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi would eventually put a stop to the campaign of violence, she also said the government leadership who did not intervene must also be held accountable. "Others were hacked to death".

Myanmar's government has rejected two reports presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council that concluded it committed extreme human rights violations, probably amounting to crimes under worldwide law, in its repression of several minority groups.

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"We are not denying rights violations but we are asking for strong, fact-based, and trustworthy evidence on the allegations they are making", Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay told the AP.

"Whether or not we consider that the crimes committed amount to crimes against humanity or genocide, this should not delay our resolve to act and to act immediately".

The Turnbull government has been accused of being spineless when it comes to calling out human rights abuses in Myanmar.

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

U.N. 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.

United Nations special rapporteur for human rights Yanghee Lee also submitted a report to the Human Rights Council this week, warning that violence against the Rohingya bore "the hallmarks of genocide," and expressing concerns over "high levels of hate speech and incitement to hostility, discrimination and violence, particularly on social media".

"Neither the fact-finding mission nor Yanghee Lee are impartial", he said. She said "crimes under global law" have been committed against the Rohingya.

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