October 13, 2016 / 1:11 PM / 10 months ago

UN chief says he hopes Thailand will honor king's human rights legacy

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said he hoped Thailand will honor King Bhumibol Adulyadej's legacy of commitment to universal values and respect for human rights, his spokesman said in a statement following the king's death on Thursday.

King Bhumibol, who reigned for seven decades, died in hospital at age 88. In 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Nations Development Programme, according to Ban's statement. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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