The Myanmar Army Should Face Charges for Genocide, U.N. Investigators Say

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It determined that the civilian authorities were not in a position to control the military, but nonetheless contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes through their acts and omissions.

The UN report names six military commanders in Myanmar who should be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas, calling their actions "shocking for their horrifying nature and ubiquity".

The investigators named Min Aung Hlaing and five other top military commanders, adding that a longer list of names could be shared with "any competent and credible body pursuing accountability in line with global norms and standards".

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, the head of the mission, Marzuki Darusman, insisted that "the only way forward is to call for (Min Aung Hlaing's) resignation and stepping down immediately".

"The ethnic violence in Myanmar has been truly horrific", Facebook said in its statement. The Irrawaddy was not able to contact army spokesman General Tun Tun Nyi for comment today.

It extended culpability for the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state to Myanmar's civilian government, led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The court had been due to deliver a verdict on Monday, but at a brief hearing postponed the hearings until September 3. Their report said the commander-in-chief of Myanmar's armed forces and five general should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under the law. 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.

The panel, set up past year, interviewed 875 victims and witnesses in Bangladesh and other countries, and analyzed documents, videos, photographs and satellite images.

Myanmar border guard police patrol the fence in the "no man's land" zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh, as seen from Maungdaw, Rakhine state, during a government-organized visit for journalists on August 24.

"The result is a continuing situation of severe, systemic and institutionalised oppression from birth to death", the investigators say.

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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 Tatmadaw acts with complete impunity and has never been held accountable".

A year-long fact-finding mission determined that six Tatmadaw military commanders - including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing - are responsible for leading a campaign of genocide and other war crimes against Rohingya Muslims in the country.

"Although improved in recent months, Facebook's response has been slow and ineffective". "The extent to which Facebook posts and messages have led to real-world discrimination and violence must be independently and thoroughly examined".

U.N. investigators called Monday for leaders of Myanmar's military to be prosecuted for genocide, issuing the strongest condemnation to date of the nation's security forces since they launched a bloody campaign targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Last week, Facebook, along with Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Google's Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), removed hundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda operation.

"We're removing a total of 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook Pages, followed by nearly 12 million people", the statement further reads.

UN leaders, foreign government officials, and human rights watchers have for months cited evidence of genocide in Myanmar, and the United States late previous year said that "ethnic cleansing" was occurring in Myanmar.

The UN recommendation for genocide charges cited evidence like this.

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