Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, dozens of pages

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Referring to Mrs Suu Kyi's culpability, the investigators state that "if the Nobel prize victor has such moral authority, perhaps she should act", but clarified that the biggest share of blame is placed on the military.

"Through their acts and omissions, the civilian authorities contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes", it said.

Some 700,000 Rohingya fled the crackdown and most are now living in refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh.

The army's tactics are "consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats", it said. "The crimes in Rakhine State, and the manner in which they were perpetrated, are similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that have allowed genocidal intent to be established in other contexts", it said. Facebook also said it had removed pages that the US government had previously named as Russian military intelligence services.

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 U.S., which has described the stateless Rohingya as facing "ethnic cleansing", and the European Union have begun applying sanctions to selected military officers involved in the Rakhine campaign, though not Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.

But district judge Khin Maung Maung said the presiding judge was ill and the verdict would be announced on September 3. But it has admitted that the killing of 10 men and boys investigated by Reuters in the village of Inn Din took place and sentenced seven soldiers for the crime.

Myanmar government spokesmen Zaw Htay was unavailable for comment on Sunday.

"In Rakhine State, the elements of the crimes against humanity of extermination and deportation are also present", it said.

Above all, the investigators said the situation in Myanmar should be referred to the International Criminal Court, and if not, to a special tribunal.

They said the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law.

It named six senior military figures it believes should go on trial.

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Decades of state-sponsored stigmatization against Rohingya had resulted in "institutionalized oppression from birth to death", the report said.

Myanmar's military has repeatedly denied that it has deliberately attacked unarmed Rohingya.

It's not known how many Rohingya have died as the result of the attacks, but the United Nations team says an estimate of 10,000 deaths is "conservative".

The report also criticized Facebook's response to allegations, including by members of the same United Nations panel in March, that the social media giant had been used to incite violence and hatred against the Rohingyas.

The UN report singled out Facebook for its "slow and ineffective" response.

"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.

In response, Facebook removed six pages and six accounts associated with him and other military commanders.

In a blog post on Monday, August 27, Facebook said it removed 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account, and 52 Facebook Pages with a combined following of nearly 12 million people.

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. The report urges the prosecution of military leaders for genocide.

The UN recommendation for genocide charges cited evidence like this.

The pair were charged with violating the state secrets act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

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