Ferguson protests: Ban Ki-moon calls for protection of rights

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Stephane Dujarric, Spokeperson for Ban Ki-moon, briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York
[PHOTO: UNifeed] 
New York: A UN spokesperson said that the Secretary-General is aware that United States' federal authorities have announced an investigation into the killing of Michael Brown.

In a statement read by Stephane Dujarric, Ban Ki-moon said he hopes local and federal investigations will shed full light on the killing and that justice will be done.

The Secretary-General called on the authorities to ensure that the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are protected.

He also called on all to exercise restraint and for law enforcement officials to abide by US and international standards in dealing with demonstrations.

Michel Brown, 18, the unarmed black teenager, died Aug. 9 in a confrontation with a police officer in Ferguson –a suburb of St. Louis-. The police department has come under harsh criticism for refusing to clarify the circumstances of the shooting and for responding to protests with military-style operational gear.
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