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Facebook provides information on Myanmar war crimes, genocide, UN investigator says


Licensed photoalt=”Riot police guard a road during a demonstration against a military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 8, 2021.” File photo: Xiao Long/UPI | Licensed photo“/>

Riot police guard a road during a demonstration against a military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 8, 2021. File photo: Xiao Long/UPI | Licensed photo

September 13 (UPI) — Social media giant Facebook has turned over “millions of items” to UN investigators that could support charges of war crimes and genocide against Myanmar’s military, a top human rights official said.

Nicholas Koumjian, head of Myanmar’s UN Independent Investigation Mechanism, said on Monday that the Facebook post was one of the pieces of evidence his team had gathered to pursue a case in international courts.

Speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Koumjian said, “Facebook has shared with Mechanism millions of items from its network of accounts that have been removed by the company for misrepresenting their identities.

IIMM began operations three years ago to collect and preserve evidence of the military crackdown on the Rohingya minority, which forced more than 700,000 people to flee Myanmar in August 2017.

The country is currently facing genocide charges before the International Court of Justice over its brutal attacks on the Rohingya.

“Our team identified that posts inciting fear and hatred towards the Rohingya appeared on these military-controlled networks,” Khumzian said.

He included “false reports that Rohingya are armed in groups and threatening Myanmar’s Buddhists, and photographs of cows with their stomachs slit and eviscerated – an offensive image for Myanmar’s Buddhists.”1 Quoted from one post.

First released by Facebook parent company Meta human rights report In July, it concluded that “Meta has not done enough to prevent our platform from being used to foment division and incite offline violence” in Myanmar.

Amnesty Internationalbut, called meta report It said it had “broadly and selectively analyzed the company’s human rights impact” and failed to address underlying issues such as how social media platform algorithms amplify harmful content.

In February 2021, the Myanmar military overthrew the elected civilian government. Aung San Suu Kyi About the widely debunked accusations of voter fraud.

Under the rule of the military government, the scope and scale of crimes against civilians in Myanmar has intensified, Koumjian said Monday.

“Since last February’s military coup, there has been mounting evidence of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, torture, deportation, forced deportation, persecution, imprisonment and the targeting of civilians,” he said.

IIMM is Last month’s report Documented findings of atrocities committed by the Myanmar military, including violence against women and children.

“We have collected reports that children in Myanmar have been tortured, arbitrarily detained, and sometimes their parents have been targeted,” Khoumgiang said. “There is also growing evidence of sexual and gender-based crimes against both women and men.”

July, Myanmar Four anti-coup activists executed After a closed-door trial by a military court, widespread condemnation of the country’s first execution in decades.

“Sentencing someone to death based on a procedure that fails to meet the basic requirements of a fair trial could amount to a crime against humanity,” Koumjian said.

The IIMM has prepared 67 evidence and analysis packages for sharing with judicial authorities, including proceedings before the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, he said. Facebook provides information on Myanmar war crimes, genocide, UN investigator says

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