UN's Ban hopes Thailand will honor king's human rights legacy

Reuters

Posted at Oct 13 2016 09:54 PM

WASHINGTON - United Nation 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)