Facebook suspends Myanmar army chief's account after United Nations report on Rohingya genocide

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, dozens of pages

Facebook bans Myanmar military officials following damning UN report

Investigators noted that the civilian government, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is nowhere near as culpable as the military for the slaughter of civilians because Myanmar's constitution grants ultimate authority to the military.

But after collating satellite images and 875 interviews with victims and witnesses, including accounts of summary executions and mass rape, the investigators said in their report that events in Rakhine state "are similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that have allowed genocidal intent to be established in other contexts".

"The Fact-Finding Mission's powerful report and clear recommendations demonstrate the obvious need for concrete steps to advance criminal justice for atrocious crimes, instead of more hollow condemnations and expressions of concern", said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. The list included Commander-in-Chief Ming Aung Hlaing and his deputy.

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.

Suu Kyi's government has rejected most allegations of atrocities made against the security forces by refugees.

They called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court, or for an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to be created.

Facebook (FB) said that the ban applied to Myanmar Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing as well as a military television network.

Facebook has received intense scrutiny over how its platform has helped exacerbate ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

In the final 20-page report, the panel said: "There is sufficient information to warrant the investigation and prosecution of senior officials in the Tatmadaw (army) chain of command, so that a competent court can determine their liability for genocide in relation to the situation in Rakhine state". Brig. Gen. Maung Maung, a military representative in Parliament, said the army doesn't have any comment on the United Nations report.

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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.

Facebook said it that discovered military leaders and associated organizations used "seemingly" independent news and opinion pages to push out the messages of the Myanmar military. "And that is the role of the commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing".

Under the constitution, civilian authorities have little control over 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.

"We continue to work to prevent the misuse of Facebook in Myanmar - including through the independent human rights impact assessment we commissioned earlier in the year", the company said.

United Nations -mandated investigators said in a report published earlier on Monday that Facebook had been "a useful instrument for those seeking to spread hate, in a context where for most users Facebook is the Internet".

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.

"While we were too slow to act, we're now making progress", the company said.

Facebook has been under pressure for several months to take action on the problem, especially after civic and rights groups in Myanmar said in April that it had failed to adequately act against online hate speech that incited violence against the country's Muslim minorities, neglecting to effectively enforce its own rules.

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