Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe gets the wrong kind of laughs for telling the U.N. 'we are not gays'

Robert Mugabe criticizes the West for pushing gay rights
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In his speech Monday before the United Nations General Assembly, longtime Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe noted that "respecting and upholding human rights is the obligation of all states," enshrined in the U.N. Charter. But, he added, that charter doesn't "arrogate the right to some to sit in judgment over others in carrying out this universal obligation."

If you're wondering where Mugabe was headed, he then criticized "the self-anointed prefects of our time," presumably in Europe and the U.S., for prescribing "'new rights' that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs." And in case that wasn't clear enough, he improvised, telling the assembled delegates and world leaders: "We are not gays."

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