UN human rights agency wants Thailand army jail closed

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Posted: Nov 24, 2015 8:08 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights agency has called on Thailand to immediately close a military detention center where two high-profile prisoners died in controversial circumstances over the past month.

A statement issued Tuesday by the U.N. Human Rights Office for Southeast Asia called on the country's ruling junta to stop using military facilities to hold civilian detainees.

The U.N. appeal follows the deaths in custody of two people arrested on charges of insulting the monarchy by claiming to be representing the royal palace for their own financial benefit. One was said to have died by suicide and the other from blood poisoning, but their bodies were hurriedly cremated, raising suspicions of a cover-up. Thailand's military government calls safeguarding the monarchy a priority.