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U.N. Chief Calls For Protection Of Rights In Ferguson Protests

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 17:  Demonstrators raise their arms during a protest against the killing of teenager Michael Brown on A
FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 17: Demonstrators raise their arms during a protest against the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 18 (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)