Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Myanmar says United Nations findings on human rights lack credibility

Myanmar says United Nations findings on human rights lack credibility

So far, only 8,032 of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya now crowded into the Bangladesh camps have said they are willing to be repatriated, according to a list drawn up by the Bangladeshi authorities last month. This work includes a dedicated Safety Page for Myanmar, a locally illustrated version of our Community Standards, and regular training sessions for civil society and local community groups across the country.

A United Nations (UN) fact-finding mission has determined that Facebook played a role in spreading hate speech against the highly persecuted Rohingya minority in 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".

A couple of days ago, the European Union on ordered Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove terrorist content within an hour of being notified of its presence.

"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.

Facebook has seen a meteoric rise in Myanmar, a fledgling democracy shaking off 50 years of brutal junta rule.

Following the crackdown by Myanmar armed forces, around 700,000 people who belong to the Rohingya community have fled Myanmar and sought refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. The situation of things since then have not been any better with multiple reports of state-led violence against the refuges.

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In light of Myanmar's denial that any atrocities were committed, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who also suggested acts of genocide may be taking place, called for the case to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"We considered that the time is now appropriate to invite UNHCR and UNDP to be involved in the repatriation and resettlement process, as well as in carrying out activities supporting the livelihoods and development for all communities in Rakhine state", Myint Thu said. "These 374 will be the first batch of the repatriation", Myint Thu said at a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw.

Senior officials in Myanmar announced Wednesday that they have begun talks with United Nations agencies to see how they could assist with the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape violence against them.

"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".

The situations in Kachin and Shan states, which involve actual combat between government soldiers and ethnic rebel groups seeking greater autonomy, have received much less global attention than the plight of the Rohingya.

U.N. Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee said Facebook was woven into public and private life in Myanmar, where the government uses the platform to share information with citizens.

The fact-finding mission was launched in March in response to reports of human rights abuses against the ethnic minorities located in the states of Rakhine, Shan, and Kachin in Myanmar.

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