Myanmar generals had 'genocidal intent' against Rohingya, must face justice

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, dozens of pages

A United Nations fact-finding team on Monday urged the government of Myanmar to investigate and prosecute the country's top military leaders for alleged genocide in the northern Rakhine State.

Their report also criticized de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner and a past victor of the Nobel Peace Prize, of not doing enough to prevent the military operations in Rakhine state.

The site aired support for the military's bloody "clearance operations" previous year that forced some 700,000 Rohingya over the border into Bangladesh.

Above all, the investigators said the situation in Myanmar should be referred to the International Criminal Court, and if not, to a special tribunal. While these sanctions are important, they are not a substitute for prosecutions before credible, impartial, and independent courts, Human Rights Watch said. Since then, more than 700,000 Rohingya have fled across the border to seek refuge in sprawling camps in Bangladesh, often carrying little more than the clothes they were wearing.

The UN report found that crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states include murder; imprisonment; enforced disappearance; torture; rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence; persecution and enslavement.

Business Insider also reported that attacks against the Rohingya ramped up in 2016 after a Rohingya insurgent group killed 10 Myanmar police officers in an attack.

The statement says Facebook is acting on a recent report by the UNHRC's Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar that found the Facebook accounts and pages of these individuals and organizations to have directly or indirectly contributed to human rights abuses.

The Security Council should "adopt targeted individual sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, against those who appear most responsible for serious crimes under worldwide law" and impose an arms embargo on Myanmar, they said.

In response, Facebook removed six pages and six accounts associated with him and other military commanders. Instead, investigators relied on satellite imagery, photographs and videos and "875 in-depth interviews with victims and eyewitnesses".

But in a trial that has commanded an worldwide spotlight and is widely seen as a litmus test for the civilian government's relationship with the press, the delay was widely perceived to have political motivations, especially as the decision comes on the eve of the U.N. Security Council briefing on Myanmar.

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". "Its standard response is to deny, dismiss and obstruct", the United Nations report said.

The investigators cited six Myanmar military leaders as "priority subjects" for possible prosecution, including Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing.

"The Tatmadaw acts with complete impunity and has never been held accountable".

The company said after the court announcement that it was disappointed.

Facebook had acknowledged in a statement issued 10 days ago following a Reuters investigative report into its failure to combat hate speech against the Rohingya and other Muslims in Myanmar that it had been "too slow" to address the problem.

Facebook was a key outlet in which hate speech was propagated against the Rohingya Muslims, the mission said. "The extent to which Facebook posts and messages have led to real-world discrimination and violence must be independently and thoroughly examined", it said.

"We're removing a total of 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook Pages, followed by nearly 12 million people", the Menlo Park, California-based company added.

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