Facebook removes accounts associated with Myanmar military

Facebook removes accounts associated with Myanmar military

Facebook removes accounts associated with Myanmar military

Referring to Mrs Suu Kyi's culpability, the investigators state that "if the Nobel prize victor has such moral authority, perhaps she should act", but clarified that the biggest share of blame is placed on the military.

Through their acts and omissions, the civilian authorities have contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes. This led to more than 7 lakh Rohingya fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.

"The security forces' response, starting within hours, was immediate, brutal and grossly disproportionate", the report states. The team's assessment suggests the crimes against the Rohingya could meet the strict legal definition, used to highlight and condemn state-supported abuses in places like Bosnia, Rwanda and Sudan's Darfur region.

"The crimes in Rakhine State, and the manner in which they were perpetrated, are similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that have allowed genocidal intent to be established in other contexts", the report said. The civilian government, the report said, failed to speak out against unfolding events, spread "false narratives, oversaw the destruction of evidence in Rakhine state and blocked independent investigations".

United Nations officials and human-rights groups have said in recent months that there is growing evidence of genocide in Myanmar's Rakhine state, bordering Bangladesh.

"The ethnic violence in Myanmar has been truly horrific".

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The investigators named six of the country's top military commanders, adding that a longer list of names could be shared with "any competent and credible body pursuing accountability in line with worldwide norms and standards". The United States and European Union have already slapped sanctions on some Myanmar military leaders, though Min Aung Hlaing is not among them.

But district judge Khin Maung Maung said the presiding judge was ill and the verdict would be announced on September 3.

In April, seven soldiers were sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the Inn Din killings.

On Monday, the Rohingya Human Rights Network, a Canadian Rohingya rights organization, called on the Canadian government to charge Kyi with being complicit to genocide.

Earlier, more than 130 members of parliament from five countries in south-east Asia had demanded that Myanmar be investigated by the International Criminal Court, reported The Guardian.

They should also be investigated and prosecuted for "crimes against humanity and war crimes" against the Rohingya in Rakhine, as well as against other minorities in the northern Kachin and Shan States, the mission said in a report. The Irrawaddy was not able to contact army spokesman General Tun Tun Nyi for comment today. Instead, investigators relied on satellite imagery, photographs and videos and "875 in-depth interviews with victims and eyewitnesses".

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The report said the situation was a "catastrophe looming for decades", and an inevitable result of "severe, systemic and institutionalised oppression from birth to death".

Myanmar border guard police patrol the fence in the "no man's land" zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh, as seen from Maungdaw, Rakhine state, during a government-organized visit for journalists on August 24.

"The Tatmadaw acts with complete impunity and has never been held accountable", the report states.

"Although improved in recent months, Facebook's response has been slow and ineffective".

It said the pages, which claimed to be independent, had been used to push the message of the Myanmar military. The removed pages and accounts had a total of nearly 12 million followers.

The world's largest social media networking site said it had removed 46 Pages and 12 accounts for engaging in coordinated "inauthentic" behavior on Facebook.

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The piece, which found more than 1,000 posts, comments and images attacking Muslims on the platform, demonstrated that Facebook, despite repeated warnings, had devoted scant resources to controlling the problem in Myanmar, where it is the dominant social media force.

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