Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country for over three decades, went on a tirade against extended human rights to gay people in his country during a speech at the UN General Assembly on Monday.
Mugabe's heated statement drew audible laughter from some in the crowd, according to reports (external - login to view) from journalists in the room.
But the comments are no laughing matter: Homosexuality is a crime in Zimbabwe. Those found "guilty" of sexual acts with a member of the same sex can be imprisoned or fined. International human rights groups have condemned the policies that allow LGBT
Zimbabweans to be regularly attacked and harassed by officials.
Mugabe, 91, has been in power for 35 years and has taken a personal stance against homosexuality in the country.
After the U.S. legalized same-sex marriage across the nation earlier this year, Mugabe lashed out (external - login to view) saying, "Even Satan wasn't gay."
"Respecting and upholding human rights is an obligation of all states and is enshrined in the United Nations charter," Mugabe said.
"No where does the charter arrogate the right to some to sit in judgement over others in carrying out this universal obligation."
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe shouts 'We are not gays' during UN address (external - login to view)