USA: Court asked to order Facebook to release Myanmar officials' data for Rohingya genocide case before the World Court

Author: Anthony Deutsch, Stephanie van den Berg, and Pap Saine, Reuters, Published on: 12 June 2020

"U.S. court asked to force Facebook to release Myanmar officials' data for genocide case," 10 June 2020

Lawyers bringing a case before the World Court accusing Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority have asked a U.S. district court to order Facebook to release posts and communications of the country’s military and police.

…In 2018 U.N. human rights investigators said that Facebook had played a key role in spreading hate speech that fuelled violence in Myanmar. Facebook has said it is working to block hate speech…Facebook confirmed it was aware of The Gambia’s request and would evaluate it in accordance with applicable laws.

The Facebook posts of officials “may constitute evidence of genocidal intent”, the lawyers said…In order to prove genocide, the gravest of international crimes, those overseeing any atrocities in Myanmar must be found to have had the specific intent to destroy the Rohingya ethnic group “in whole or in part”.

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