Indeed, in too many places, we see leaders rewriting constitutions, manipulating elections and taking other desperate steps to cling to power.
Leaders must understand that holding office is a trust, granted by the people, not personal property.
My message to all is clear: serve your people. Do not subvert democracy; do not pilfer your country’s resources; do not imprison and torture your critics.
Yesterday we made great progress in helping people find a haven from conflict and tyranny.
The New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants points the way toward saving lives and protecting the rights of millions of people. We all must meet those promises.
All too often, refugees and migrants face hatred. Muslims in particular are being targeted by stereotyping and suspicion that have haunting echoes of the dark past. I say to political leaders and candidates: do not engage in the cynical and dangerous political math that says you add votes by dividing people and multiplying fear. The world must stand up against lies and distortions of truth, and reject all forms of discrimination.
Discurso completo: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/speeches/2016-09-20/address-general-assembly-bilingual-delivered-version