United Nations genocide adviser says all information received indicates Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas

United Nations genocide adviser says all information received indicates Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas

United Nations genocide adviser says all information received indicates Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas

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.

Formerly known as Burma, the Southeast Asian country with more than 100 ethnic nationalities is now in the middle of a crisis where its leaders are being accused of committing human right abuses.

Social media has "substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict", Darusman told reporters on March 12. Hate speech is certainly of course a part of that.

"We know that the ultranationalist Buddhists have their own [Facebook pages] and really [are] inciting a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities", Lee said.

"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast", Lee said.

U Aung Hla Tun, Myanmar's deputy minister of information, said on Wednesday that the Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh was caused, in part, by threats from the Rohingya insurgents who carried out fatal raids on Myanmar security posts on August 25.

Dieng said Myanmar had made "no genuine efforts" to ensure those who returned were guaranteed freedom and safety. "We continue to work hard to remove hate speech and terrorist content while making sure that Facebook remains a platform for all ideas".

The most prominent of Myanmar's hard-line nationalist monks, Wirathu, emerged from a one-year preaching ban on Saturday and said his anti-Muslim rhetoric had nothing to do with violence in Rakhine state.

Further, speaking to reporters, United Nations investigator Yanghee Lee, described Facebook as a huge part of public, civil and private life in Myanmar, noting it is used by the government to disseminate information to the public.

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations investigator on human rights in Myanmar who has not been allowed access to the country to probe alleged rights abuses, echoed Zeid by saying she was "increasingly of the opinion that the events bear the hallmarks of genocide" and that she would press for prosecutions for crimes committed against entire ethnic and religious groups.

Adama Dieng, who this past week visited Bangladesh's refugee camps and met officials, also urged the U.N. Security Council to hold Myanmar to account over the "international crimes".

"The body of information and materials we are collecting is concrete and overwhelming", Marzuki Darusman, former Indonesian Attorney-General and chair of the Fact-Finding Mission said when delivering the group's interim oral report to the UN Human Rights Council.

Adama Dieng spent a week in Bangladesh to assess the condition of the nearly 700,000 Rohingya who had fled across the border from Burma, and he said during his trip he heard "terrifying stories".

"The long-standing conflicts in Kachin and Shan states have recently intensified, leading to more reports of serious violations of global human rights and humanitarian law committed in these areas by the security forces", it said.

"We've had trouble enforcing this policy correctly recently, mainly due to the challenges of understanding the context; after further examination, we've been able to get it right".

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