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Amnesty International calls on Thai junta to end 'disturbing pattern of repression'

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 photo, a portrait of Thai military junta chief and newly-appointed Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is shown on the television screen during the first cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand. An international human rights group on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 called on Thailand's ruling military to end what it says is a "disturbing pattern of repression" in the country since the army seized power in a May coup. (AP Photo/Narong Sangnak, Pool, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 photo, a portrait of Thai military junta chief and newly-appointed Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is shown on the television screen during the first cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand. An international human rights group on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 called on Thailand's ruling military to end what it says is a "disturbing pattern of repression" in the country since the army seized power in a May coup. (AP Photo/Narong Sangnak, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

An international human rights group is calling on Thailand's ruling military to end what it says is a "disturbing pattern of repression" in the country.

Amnesty International made the appeal in a report Thursday on the state of human rights in the Southeast Asian nation since the army seized power in a May coup.

The group says 665 people have been summoned or detained by the junta so far, mostly political opponents, academics, activists and others who have protested peacefully.

Although most were released within a week, Amnesty criticized the fact they were detained without charges or trials and have been forced into silence.

The group says it has also received credible reports of torture, allegations the junta has denied.