Robert Mugabe; Zimbabwe; anti-LGBTPost submitted by Joyce Wu, HRC Communications Intern

Robert Mugabe, the notoriously homophobic president of Zimbabwe, promised in a speech on June 16 that he will ensure that LGBT people “rot in jail” if his party, the Zimbabwe African National Union—Patriotic Front wins this July’s elections.

During his speech at the graduation ceremony for the Bondolfi Teachers’ College, which is run by the Roman Catholic church, Mugabe conflated LGBT people with pedophiles and child rapists, assuring his audience that he would “strengthen the law and make it really punitive for such people.”

Currently, two men kissing, hugging or even holding hands is considered a criminal act in Zimbabwe and is punishable by up to three months in prison.

This is not the first time that Mugabe, who has been Zimbabwe’s president since 1980, has made comments in this vein. In 1995, he stated that LGBT people are “worse than dogs and pigs.”

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