U.N. chief calls for protection of rights in Missouri protests

UNITED NATIONS Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:53pm EDT

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media next to Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (not pictured) in Managua July 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Diana Ulloa

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media next to Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (not pictured) in Managua July 29, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Diana Ulloa

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on U.S. authorities on Monday to ensure the protection of the rights of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where there have been demonstrations and rioting over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen.

"The Secretary-General calls on the authorities to ensure that the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are protected," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

"He calls on all to exercise restraint, for law enforcement officials to abide by U.S. and international standards in dealing with demonstrators," Dujarric said.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Comments (8)
dd606 wrote:
Seriously? Is this a joke?

Aug 18, 2014 4:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hometown wrote:
What would I do, to protect resident’s rights to demonstrate peacefully while protecting them from outside agitators with bombs and weapons? I’d block off a protest street and allow citizens with photo I.D. (and minors accompanied by an adult with photo I.D.) Those photo I.D.’s come in mighty handy.

Aug 18, 2014 4:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tougar wrote:
the rioters are the ones infringing (or causing the infringement) on the rights of the law abiding citizens.

Aug 18, 2014 4:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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