Suspected members of the Revolutionary Front for Democracy Party arrive at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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The United Nations condemned "mounting" rights restrictions in junta-ruled Thailand Friday, calling on the kingdom's generals to quickly return power following the passing of a new military-crafted constitution.Thai voters cast ballots in favor of a new charter -- the country's twentieth -- in a referendum earlier this month that was hailed by the junta as an endorsement of their two years in power.Some 61 percent of voters approved the document although independent campaigning and open debate was curbed ahead of the polls and turnout was subdued compared to general elections at 59 percent.The U.N.'s statement echoed similar criticism by the United States and the European Union since the vote.Shamdasani said at least 115 people were arrested or charged for expressing views about the constitution ahead of the referendum.
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