The head of the UN investigators on Myanmar said Facebook has handed over millions of items that could support allegations of war crimes and genocide.
The Independent Investigation Mechanism of Myanmar (IIMM) aims to build case files for proceedings in national, regional or international courts. It was established in 2018 by the United Nations Human Rights Council and began operating the following year.
“Facebook has shared with the mechanism millions of items from networks of accounts that have been removed by the company because they misrepresent their identity,” in a speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Myanmar is facing accusations of genocide at the United Nations International Court of Justice over a 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 it supports international efforts for accountability for crimes against the Rohingya.
“(We) have submitted voluntary and statutory disclosures to the United Nations investigative mechanism, as well as public information disclosures to The Gambia,” which brought the genocide case to the International Court of Justice, Miranda Seasons, director of human rights policy at Meta, said in an online report. Mail.
In 2018, UN human rights investigators said the social media site had spread hate speech that fueled violence in Myanmar. Facebook said it is working to prevent hate speech.
With Facebook stuff and other pieces of information from more than 200 sources, Mechanism 67 has prepared an “evidence and analytics package”. Mr. Komjian added that these packages are intended to be shared with judicial authorities, including the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice.
The ICC has also opened a case looking into deportation and other crimes against humanity in relation to Rohingya refugees who were forced to join Bangladesh, a member state of the ICC.
Myanmar denies genocide and says its armed forces are carrying out legitimate operations against the militants.