Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, issued a strong statement to the United Nations during his scheduled public address, telling the body – as well as the world – his country will not accept or adhere to any “gay”-rights provisions in the international charter.
“We are not gays,” he said bluntly, railing against the U.N. Charter and its open inclusion of homosexuality as a human right.
“Respecting and upholding human rights is the obligation of all states,” he said, BuzzFeed reported. “[But] nowhere does the [charter] abrogate the right of some to sit in judgment over others in carrying out this universal obligation. … We equally reject attempts to prescribe new rights that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs.”
Some in the audience laughed and applauded, BuzzFeed reported.
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His views aren’t exactly surprising. Mugabe’s been a frequent open critic of homosexuality, referring to same-sex unions in a speech last year as “inhuman,” the news outlet said.