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President Mugabe tells UN General Assembly: ‘We are not gays!’

Robert Mugabe used the United Nations podium on Monday evening to attack homosexuality in front of the General Assembly.

Deviating from his prepared remarks, the 91-year-old leader of Zimbabwereportedly barked: “We are not gays!”

Homosexuality in Zimbabwe.

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In 2006 the government made it illegal for two people of the same sex to kiss, hug – or hold hands

Mr Mugabe made the comment as he criticised Western nations’ “double standards” and attempts to “prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs.”

Zimbabwe has one of the worst LGBT rights records on the African continent, with the country’s leader frequently demonising homosexuality.  In 2013 he described homosexuals as “worse than pigs, goats and birds.”

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In the same speech Zimbabwe’s leader – who has been in power since 1987 – claimed the UN Human Rights charter did not give states “the right to some to sit in judgement over others”.

“In that regard, we reject the politicisation of this important issue and the application of double standards to victimize 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.”

Mr Mugabe’s remarks follow decades of state-sanction persecution against homosexuality, with male same-sex sexual activity remaining illegal within Zimbabwe.

A Pew survey in 2013 found the African continent – with the notable exception of South Africans – overwhelmingly intolerant of gay men and women.

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  1. The President of Zimbabwe finds it diffiult to reconcuile the British Empire’s zero tolerance of buggery, whether male to female or male to male, with the modern British ideal of zero tolerance to homophobia. People with power are able to adapt to new challenges very quickly. The way that most westerners behave, one would thing that homophobia is new; it is firmly rooted in western culture, and so is tolerance of homosexuality. They are contradictory elements that most westerns can only reconcile by a progression ideal that promotes “political correctness.” This is how the west has taught us to move the discussion along; not by imagining a man’s penis up another man’s anus ( which is only one aspect of being gay; there are gays who would see this as primitive homosexuality), but to move it onto relationships, beacuse like all human activities, the act of love comes in making versions. Western culture is highly delusional, and “politican correctness” is an area in which it is possible to reconcile the old Parliamentary Acts against buggery, with the new norms of acceptance. Mugabe lives in Africa and is ninety years old. How many westerners that age have never felt like that about buggery? There are contradictions: is anal amonst heterosexuals considered normal? How mant gays are ever accused of rape? Human behaviour is so conflicting, and the reaction of westerners to Mugabe is so emotional as to keep them in the dark ages. People will argue senseless. It is time to face the historical perspective that has made Mugabe President of Dzimbabawe. Rhodes was a babyfucker! Am I being anti paedophile? Do they also deserve political correctness.

  2. long live H.E the president of the republic of Zimbabwe R.G Mugabe we are not humanoid,our African tradition do not allow such evil practices and homosexuality is counter-production

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