Facebook accused of promoting violence against Rohingya in Myanmar
03 October 2022 | 6:53 am
Amnesty International accuses Facebook of exacerbating human rights violations in Myanmar. It claims the social network proactively "amplified" anti-Rohingya content back in 2017, when the country's military launched a deadly crackdown on the ethnic minority.
Almost all European chambers of commerce remain active in Myanmar nearly two years on from a military coup that ousted a democratically-elected government and sparked a civil war.
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Naing Myel Htet Kyaw says: “We must take up arms. My parents support that.” The 18-year-old is fighting against the military in Myanmar.
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