It has been reported by several media outlets in Ireland that the law firms of KOD Lyons and Abbey Law are each respectively representing Rohingya refugees in a matter filed against Meta for the lack of content moderation by the platform in 2017, which led to over 600,000 Rohingya refugees from Burma, fleeing into Bangladesh.
KOD Lyons is representing 12 Rohingya refugees and Abbey Law is representing 5 Rohingya refugees. The lawyers are arguing that jurisdiction is appropriate in Ireland because Meta has a headquarters there and content moderation took place in Dublin, Ireland.
This case follows upon calls being made by the Arakan Rohingya National Organisation and Amnesty International for Facebook/Meta to pay reparations to the Rohingya people for the company’s complicity in the genocidal purge in 2017. The CEO of Meta/Facebook has, since 2017, openly stated that Facebook could have responded better to the challenges on the platform.
In 2017, the City of Dublin revoked the prestigious “Freedom of Dublin Award” from Aung San Suu Kyi as a result of her participation in the oppression of the Rohingya people.