Myanmar : UN Findings on Human Rights Lack Credibility

'Planning and organisation' went into State-led Rohingya violence

Reuters reports that in an interim submission to the U.N. Human Rights Council, fact-finding mission chair Marzuki Darusman emphasized the "determining role" of social media networks in the conflict, which he said "substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict" in Myanmar.

Myanmar's government on Tuesday rejected two reports presented to the UN 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.

According to the Times, Marzuki Darusman, who oversees the human rights investigation into Myanmar for the United Nations, says "speech and incitement to violence on social media is rampant, particularly on Facebook", in the country.

UN Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee said the government used Facebook to disseminate information to the public.

Yanghee Lee, another one of the investigators, said she fears that Facebook, despite all the good it has done for connecting people in Myanmar, has become "a beast".


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. This content goes viral, normalizing hate speech and shaping public perception.

He said: "What I have heard and witnessed in Cox's Bazaar is a human tragedy with the fingerprints of the Myanmar government and of the worldwide community". "It was used to convey public messages but we know that the ultra-nationalist Buddhists have their own Facebooks and are really inciting a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities".

What's more, Rohingya activists in the country told The Daily Beast past year that the social network had been censoring their posts. 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", added Yee.

Though Facebook has yet to comment on UN's recent statement, the social media giant has previously admitted that it faces difficulty in tackling hate speech.

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