Following increased violence in the aftermath of the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s UN Ambassador, Kyaw Moe Tun, has called on the international community to tighten sanctions against the country’s military.
Kyaw said in an interview with NHK World that the international community should use all available means to punish the military, adding that the sanctions should be “coordinated, targeted, and harsher.
Despite being removed as Myanmar’s envoy by the military after condemning the coup at the UN General Assembly, he has continued to serve as the country’s UN ambassador.
After Kyaw was charged with high treason, he now faces an arrest warrant in his home country.
However, on Saturday evening, Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV said Amb. Kyaw had abused the authority and duties of a permanent ambassador and betrayed the country.
Meanwhile, senior military leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was quoted in Myanmar’s local media as saying in a speech that the country must be defended from external threats.
Analysts also predict that severe crackdowns on anti-coup protesters will take place in the days leading up to a military commemoration ceremony scheduled for Saturday. According to a statement released by a local human rights organization,