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To Facebook Ireland, International Headquarters of Facebook Inc (Meta)

Everyone deserves a life of peace and dignity. But, for the Rohingya Muslim community, a chance at a decent life is something they have to fight hard for.

In 2017, violent hate speech against the Rohingya was allowed to run rampant across Facebook - resulting in genocide and displacement of thousands of people by the military. [1]

Now, Rohingya campaigners living in refugee camps are calling on Facebook today - on International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime - to help repair some of the damage they caused, by funding a community education programme in their camps.

Facebook Inc (Meta) has already admitted the role the platform played in stoking division and spreading hate targeted towards the Rohingya community in Myanmar in 2017 - all while their profits soared. But even though Facebook has admitted that they were at fault, - they’re refusing to fund the education programme, hoping this all passes without much fuss. [2]

This has left the Rohingya in Cox's Bazaar refugee camp grieving their lives, and grieving their chance at education.

Facebook is headquartered here in Ireland, and while Myanmar is 8,973 kilometres from Ireland, Facebook was deciding and implementing policies that would be rolled out in Myanmar. Not only was data from Myanmar stored in Ireland, even social media posts in Myanmar were moderated in Ireland.

Facebook has denied adequate support to the Rohingya. Now, they're looking to our politicians here in Ireland who - have a lot of sway in both the EU and the U.N. - and now, an opportunity to hold Facebook accountable and support the Rohingya as they seek justice.

A huge petition signed by thousands of people in Ireland will show Facebook that they won’t be able to make this go away - and could be enough to force them to act quickly.

They are calling on Facebook to use the profits earned in Myanmar to pay reparations. They want Facebook to:

  • fund an education programme for members of the Rohingya in the refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar
  • revisit it's Human Rights Policy so such human rights violations which occurred never happen again


    NOTES

    [1] https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/06/technology/myanmar-facebook.html

    [2] Business Post: Rohingya refugees seek government’s help in Facebook fight | Business Post https://www.businesspost.ie/tech/rohingya-refugees-seek-governments-help-in-facebook-fight-7eb7b72d