June 4th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama in Cairo: Democracy

 No system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other, the president said Thursday.
No system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other, the president said Thursday.

CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) - Freedom of speech and religion are human rights and should be promoted and protected as such, but democracy should not be imposed onto one nation by another, President Obama said.

"No system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other. That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. ... But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn't steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. These are not just American ideas; they are human rights. And that is why we will support them everywhere."


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