Obama emphasizes democracy, human rights in Ghana

We're more than half way through President Obama's speech to Ghana's parliament and, so far, it looks like Obama's calls for an uncorrupt government and fair elections.

"This is about more than holding elections," Obama said, "it's also about what happens between them. Repression takes many forms, and too many nations are plagued by problems that condemn their people to poverty. No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or police can be bought off by drug traffickers."

"No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery," he added. "That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end."

Obama went on to call for transparent institutions, "honest police forces, independent judges and journalists."

Obama's focus on these tenets - what he would likely call universal human rights - has been a theme during this trip abroad.

In his speech in Moscow earlier this week, Obama emphasized the importance of free elections other rights such as an independent media.

The theme may also be interpreted as a reference to the unrest in Iran following that country's election last month. After initially saying very little about the protests, Obama eventually criticized Iran's crackdown on the protests and said the right to peacefully organize is a universal human right.

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com