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UN investigator says Facebook provided vast amounts of information on Myanmar war crimes

The head of a team of UN investigators on Myanmar said on Monday that Facebook has handed over millions of items that could support allegations of war crimes and genocide.

The objective of the Independent Investigation Mechanism (IIMM) for Myanmar is to create case files for proceedings in national, regional or international courts. It was established by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2018 and started functioning the following year.

Nicolas Koumjian, IIMM chief, said in a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, “Facebook has shared with the system millions of items from a network of accounts that the company removed because of misrepresentation of their identity. “

Myanmar is facing genocide charges at the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the 2017 military crackdown on the Rohingya that forced more than 730,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

Facebook, whose parent company changed its name to Meta Platforms Inc last year, said they support international efforts to call for accountability for crimes committed against the Rohingya.

“(We) have made voluntary, lawful disclosures of public information to the United Nations investigative apparatus as well as to The Gambia” which has filed the ICJ genocide case, Miranda Sisson, director of human rights policy at Meta, told an e-mail. post.

In 2018, UN human rights investigators said the social media site had spread hate speech that fueled violence in Myanmar. Facebook has said it is working to stop hate speech.

With Facebook items and other information from more than 200 sources, Tantra has produced 67 “evidence and analytical packages”. These packages are intended to be shared with judicial authorities, including the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the ICJ, Koumjian.

The ICC has also opened a case looking into deportation and other crimes against humanity in relation to Rohingya refugees who were forced into the ICC member state Bangladesh.

Myanmar denies the genocide and says its armed forces were conducting legitimate operations against terrorists.

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