Zimbabwe’s dictator, Robert Mugabe, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, used the opportunity to tell the world that, “we are not gays.”
“Respecting and upholding human rights is the obligation of all states,” Mugabe said to start the section of his speech on the issue.
He went on to say that “nowhere does the [United Nations Charter] abrogate the right of some to sit in judgment over others in carrying out this universal obligation,” rejecting what he called “politicization” and “double standards.”
“We equally reject attempts to prescribe new rights that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs,” Mugabe said. “We are not gays.”
Mugabe’s line earned him light applause and some laughter from the assembled diplomats. In a seemingly incongruous turn, he then continued on to talk about the need for increased gender equality and promoting the inclusion of women in diplomacy and leadership.