Myanmar's UN envoy appeals for democracy

Myanmar's envoy to the United Nations has called on the UN and its member states to stand with the democratic aspiration of the people of his country.

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun addressed the UN General Assembly's human rights committee in New York on Thursday.

The envoy did not deliver a speech at the General Assembly's annual plenary session in September due to a dispute on whether he should be recognized as the country's ambassador.

He was appointed by Myanmar's former democratically elected government. But the military rulers fired him after seizing power in a coup in February. They appointed a replacement, but the UN Credentials Committee has yet to decide on the country's representation.

In Thursday's speech, Kyaw Moe Tun said the military has killed over 1,100 civilians, including women and children. He accused the military of committing "numerous abuses against the people that amount to crimes against humanity."

He said the people of Myanmar and the national unity government need international support "to eliminate military dictatorship and emerge as an inclusive, democratic and peaceful country."