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International Civil Society Organizations Urge the UN Member States to Retain U Kyaw Moe Tun as Myanmar’s Permanent Representative to the UN

14 September 2021

  • Kyaw Moe Tun has been praised for his political stance denouncing the military coup.
  • Kyaw Moe Tun is re-assigned to continue his current role at U.N by the shadow National Unity Government.
  • Campaigns in many cities around the world as well as online – urging international communities to reject military coup and their proposed representative have been seen lately.

An open letter representing 358 Myanmar and International civil society organizations was sent to the United Nations (U.N.) on 10 Sept, urging all member states’ representatives to retain Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun as Myanmar’s permanent representative to the United Nations. The letter was sent ahead of the upcoming 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA), scheduled to begin on 14 Sept 2021.

The letter argues the Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun has provided a “crucial voice” at the U.N. on behalf of Myanmar’s democratically elected government and people.

Prior to the February military coup, U Kyaw Moe Tun served as Myanmar’s permanent representative to the U.N. appointed by the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) government and approved at UNGA on 1 Dec 2020.

As was assigned by the people’s elected government, Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun refused to recognize the military junta as a legitimate government of Myanmar. During an informal meeting of the UNGA on 26 Feb, Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun denounced the 1 Feb military coup calling the international community to support a democratically elected government and put maximum pressure on the military junta.

After the military coup, on 1 Feb, the overthrown of Myanmar members of parliament formed a parallel government, Nation Unity Government (NUG), and retains U Kyaw Moe Tun as Myanmar’s permanent representative to the U.N.

Myanmar’s military junta has vied to unseat U Kyaw Moe Tun from his position as Myanmar’s permanent representative to the U.N.

According to court documents filed in a New Jersey Federal Court in United States, Phyo Hein Htut and Ye Hein Zaw, who are Myanmar nationals, were arrested in August for conspiring to seriously injure or harm Mr. Kyaw.

As well as shadow National Unity Government, the military junta is also vying to seek U.N. credentials by opposing U Kyaw Moe Tun in the upcoming UNGA. The report on U.S. and China made a deal to block military junta from U.N. by Foreign Policy today, nevertheless, is such a blow to the junta’s hopes of legitimacy.

Full letter can be access here: https://progressivevoicemyanmar.org/…/open-letter-in…/

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