Facebook kicks out Myanmar military as United Nations issues genocide report


On Monday, the UN's Human Rights Council released a report following a six-month "fact-finding mission" and called for six Myanmar military generals to be tried in the International Criminal Court, to which Myanmar is not a party.

The civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has allowed hate speech to thrive, destroyed documents and failed to protect minorities from crimes against humanity and war crimes by the army in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, they said in a report.

Investigators, working under a mandate from the UN-backed Human Rights Council, called for an worldwide investigation, for the Security Council to impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the entire country.

Facebook said that among the pages and accounts taken down Monday are some that pretended to provide independent news and opinion while covertly promoting messages of Myanmar's military.

The UN genocide panel.

The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, in its report, spreads blame broadly.

At least 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar in the subsequent violence. The team was not granted access to Myanmar and has decried a lack of cooperation or even response from the government, which received an early copy of the report. It has been largely supportive of Myanmar and sits as a permanent member on the U.N. Security Council, giving it veto power over which matters are brought before the ICC.

Facebook, which is a highly popular source of information in Myanmar, has come under criticism for giving a platform to vitriolic posts aimed at stirring up and spreading hatred against the minority Muslim Rohingya population. Such a designation is rare under worldwide law, but has been used in countries including Bosnia and Sudan and in the Daesh campaign against the Yazidi communities in Iraq and Syria.

In 2008, a United Nations court sentenced former army colonel Theoneste Bagosora, accused of masterminding the slaughter of 800,000 people in Rwanda in 1994, to life in prison on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

"We want to prevent them from using our service to further inflame ethnic and religious tensions", the company said.

"The crimes in Rakhine state, and the manner in which they were perpetrated, are similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that..."

Adding into their assessment: The extreme brutality of the crimes; "hate rhetoric" and specific speech by perpetrators and military commanders; policies of exclusion against Rohingya people; an "oppressive context;" and the "level of organisation indicating a plan for destruction".

Kyi is a former Nobel peace prize victor and an honourary Canadian. It determined that the civilian authorities were not in a position to control the military, but nonetheless contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes through their acts and omissions. "The military must respect human rights for #Burma's democracy to succeed". The United States and European Union have already slapped sanctions on some Myanmar military leaders, though Min Aung Hlaing is not among them.

"There were very serious allegations that were made to me about sexual violence, about the burning of villages", Rae said about his trip to the refugee camps.

Darusman said a wider confidential list of suspects included civilians and insurgents as well as members of the military. "So it's hard to say exactly that there's a link between the postponement and the UN [Security Council] meeting, but there are possibilities", defense lawyer Than Zaw Aung said. On Saturday, thousands of Rohingya refugees staged protests at a camp in Cox's Bazaar to mark the the first anniversary of the military crackdown.

"We are happy for this. They have not taken him to the ICC yet, so we haven't seen any justice yet". "They torched our homes, that's a fact, they raped our women, that's not false", he said.