U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday. During his speech President Obama called on his international counterparts to continue to work toward ‘true democracy’ for all people.
“The turmoil of recent weeks reminds us that the path to democracy does not end with the casting of a ballot. Nelson Mandela once said: “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” True democracy demands that citizens cannot be thrown in jail because of what they believe, and that businesses can be opened without paying a bribe. It depends on the freedom of citizens to speak their minds and assemble without fear; and on the rule of law and due process that guarantees the rights of all people.”