Kyaw Mo Tun, who remained loyal to the civilian government that was overthrown on February 1st, gave a sensational speech while addressing the meeting on Friday.
“We need more and stronger measures from the international community to immediately end the military coup, stop the oppression of the innocent, restore state power to the people, and restore democracy,” he said.
The diplomat received a rare applause from his UN colleagues at the end of the speech.
The new US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield, praised the envoy’s “courageous” comments.
“The United States continues to strongly condemn the military coup in Myanmar,” she said in a speech before the meeting on Friday.
We condemn the brutal killing of unarmed security forces. “
Thomas Greenfield added that the United States “will continue to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance, including the Rohingya and other vulnerable populations in the states of Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan.”
“The world should commend Representative Kyaw Mo Tun the courage to make such a strong statement on behalf of the people of Myanmar, not the illegal junta,” Akila Radhakrishnan, president of the Center for Global Justice, said in a statement on the issue on Friday.
“The international community should reward this courage by responding to its call for immediate and decisive action to hold the army to account,” he added.
Myanmar was in turmoil when the coup ousted city mayor Aung San Suu Kyi.
Suu Kyi has been arrested at her home in the capital since the coup.
The country has since witnessed 21 consecutive days of anti-army protests, with demonstrations on Friday in Mandalay and Yangon.
Earlier in the day, some protesters gathered peacefully outside Suu Kyi’s home to pray.
Military commanders imposed an hour online as the unrest continued.
On Thursday, sources on the ground said that police fired “at least 10 shots in the air” to disperse a crowd of protesters in Yangon.
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