A United Nations' expert on Myanmar urgedBangladesh on Tuesday to "shelve plans" to beginrepatriating Rohingya refugees to Myanmar'sRakhine state this month to avoid persecution.
Nearly three-quarters of a million of Myanmar'sRohingya fled Rakhine state in August 2017 after amilitary crackdown. Amid refugee and journalistaccounts of widespread killings and rape and thetorching of villages, the Rohingya settled in crowdedcamps in neighboring Bangladesh.
The two countries agreed on Oct. 30 to begin returning Rohingya refugees to Rakhine state bymid-November, but U.N. rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said the time isnot right for their return.
The Myanmar government has failed to provide guarantees they would not suffer the samepersecution and horrific violence over again, Lee said in a statement. Lee added that theunderlying causes of the crisis must first be addressed, including the right of citizenship.
Lee's warning followed a Facebook admission Monday that the social media network played arole in the genocide against the Rohingya people.
Last August, U.N. investigators accused Facebook of being "slow and ineffective" in tacklinghow it was being used to spread hatred among the country's Buddhist population against theminority Muslim Rohingya. In doing so, it "contributed to the commission of atrocitycrimes," investigators said.
The report concludes Facebook was not doing enough to help prevent the platform from beingused to foment division and incite offline violence, according to Product Policy Manager AlexWarofka, who wrote on the company's blog.
The report recommends Facebook create a rigorously enforced human-rights policy whileclamping down on hate speech, as well as working to improve digital literacy, and theaccuracy of the company's content in Myanmar.