© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Myanmar’s ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun addresses the Human Rights Council on the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photograph/File Photograph

By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) – America on Saturday condemned a thwarted plot to assault Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador in New York, saying it suits a “disturbing sample” of authoritarian leaders and their supporters looking for to persecute opponents world wide.

Two Myanmar residents have been arrested in New York state for plotting with an arms seller in Thailand – who sells weapons to the Burmese army – to kill or injure Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador, U.S. authorities stated on Friday.

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, who represents Myanmar’s elected civilian authorities which was overthrown by the army in February, advised Reuters on Wednesday {that a} menace had been made in opposition to him and U.S. authorities had stepped up his safety.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, stated on Saturday that the menace “suits a disturbing sample of authoritarian leaders and their supporters reaching throughout the globe … to persecute and repress journalists, activists, and others who dare communicate or stand in opposition to them.”

Thomas-Greenfield cited Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, a Belarusian athlete who refused to return dwelling from the Tokyo Olympics and sought refuge in Poland, and a thwarted plot by a number of Iranians to kidnap a New York journalist and rights activist who was important of Iran.

“These are solely the newest acts of transnational repression, and so they have to be met with the condemnation of the world and with full and sure accountability,” Thomas-Greenfield stated in an announcement.

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