United Nations blames Facebook for spreading hate speech against Rohingya

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

Lee, who was banned from Myanmar past year after it claimed a previous report by her was biased and unfair, said she had seen evidence that Myanmar's military was continuing to target the Rohingya, razing their villages. Amnesty accuses the Myanmar government of militarizing Rakhine State at an alarming pace. "New bases are being erected to house the very same security forces that have committed crimes against humanity against Rohingya".

"This makes the voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees an even more distant prospect".

The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes, and torched Rohingya villages.

"People continue to flee".

At least 9,000 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine state from August 25 to September 24 previous year, according to Doctors Without Borders.

So far, Myanmar authorities have not responded to the latest Amnesty International report.

Amnesty has reported that even surrounding trees and other vegetation have been removed, rendering much of the landscape unrecognizable.

Amnesty said this raises serious concerns that authorities were destroying evidence of crimes against the Rohingya, which could hinder future investigations.

"The bulldozing of entire villages is incredibly worrying", said Hassan. "Myanmar's authorities are erasing evidence of crimes against humanity, making any future attempts to hold those responsible to account extremely hard", Hassan added.

Amnesty International has also documented recent examples of looting, deliberate burning and demolition of abandoned Rohingya homes and mosques across northern Rakhine State. "There are only police posts for regional security and law enforcement reasons".

"It's not true that the army is building bases in the region", he said.

The new Amnesty report, "Remaking Rakhine State", uses satellite imagery and interviews to point to a rapid increase in military infrastructure and other construction since the start of the year that researchers say amounts to a "land grab".

"People are in a panic".

Sri Lanka's government spokesman Harindra B. Dassanayake commenting on the ban said, "These platforms are banned because they were spreading hate speeches and amplifying them", while adding that the government believes fake news of ethnically motivated attacks circulating on the network encouraged retaliatory violence. After the exodus of almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country, Myanmar's military is building bases where some of their homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery. Satellite imagery of one village called Kan Kya on the outskirts of Rakhine's Maungdaw town taken two months after the August attacks shows a settlement scarred by fire. A massive new transit centre to temporarily house returning Rohingya is built on top of a burned Rohingya village in Maungdaw Township, and also shows signs of heightened security.

"Myanmar authorities have announced willingness to receive refugees back". Most rely on aid for their basic needs.

"We are going to build new villages and new homes and resettle people there according to the village planning", Zaw Htay said by phone. "The authorities can not be allowed to continue their campaign of ethnic cleansing in the name of "development".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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