“We are not gays,” President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe told the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Monday. “We reject attempts to prescribe new rights that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs,” he said. The comment drew gasps and laughter from the delegates.
Speaking at the 2015 United Nations General Assembly, Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe abandoned his prepared speech to tell his listeners: We are not gays!
“Respecting and upholding human rights is the obligation of all states, and is enshrined in the United Nations charter. Nowhere does the charter arrogate the right to some to sit in judgment over others, in carrying out this universal obligation. In that regard, we reject the politicisation of this important issue and the application of double standards to victimise those who dare think and act independently of the self-anointed prefects of our time.
“We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs. We are not gays! Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double-standards will not.”