Brunei Stoning Punishment for Gay Sex and Adultery Takes Effect Despite International Outcry

Do we all remember the news on Brunei making Gay sex and adultery sins punishable by death? This news has taken on a new twist. This law,  which includes death by stoning for sex between men or for adultery, and amputation of limbs for theft — went into effect on Wednesday, despite an international outcry from other countries, rights groups, celebrities and students.

A lot of outcry has been raised by celebrities and other groups already mentioned but is Brunei budging? think not. “Brunei’s new penal code is barbaric to the core, imposing archaic punishments for acts that shouldn’t even be crimes,” Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, a nongovernmental organization, said in a statement on Wednesday.

He called on the nation’s ruler, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, to “immediately suspend amputations, stoning, and all other rights-abusing provisions and punishments.”

Brunei has a population of just 430,000 but tremendous oil wealth, which has made the sultan, ruler since 1967, one of the wealthiest people on earth, said to own the world’s largest home and the biggest collection of rare cars.

The sultan, 72, is also the prime minister and holds several other titles. He first introduced the draconian version of Shariah in 2013, as part of a long-term project to impose a restrictive form of Islam on his country, which is majority Muslim.

 

Brunei “is a sovereign Islamic and fully independent country and, like all other independent countries, enforces its own rule of laws,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement on Saturday.
 Beginning on Wednesday, extramarital sex, anal sex, and abortion are to be punished by death by stoning. The death penalty will also be required for some other offenses, including rape and some forms of blasphemy or heresy, like ridiculing the Quran or insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

The law requires amputation of a hand or foot for some crimes, and whipping for others. The punishment for lesbian sex, previously imprisonment and a fine, is now to be 40 lashes.

In some cases, the harshest penalties apply only to Muslims; in other cases, they apply regardless of faith.

Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, which is owned by the Brunei government. Celebrities including George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres, and Elton John have called for a boycott of the country’s interests.CreditFrederic J. Brown/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, which is owned by the Brunei government. Celebrities including George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres, and Elton John have called for a boycott of the country’s interests.CreditFrederic J. Brown/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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Andrew Stroehlein

@astroehlein

Under this new law,

Brunei

will

brutally

torture

people

to death.

“This kind of law doesn’t belong in the 21st century.” ~ @Reaproy http://bit.ly/2YMnlbV 

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High-profile celebrities such as George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres, and Elton John have called for a boycott of luxury hotels owned by Brunei, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, and the Dorchester in London.

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Tomorrow, the country of #Brunei will start stoning gay people to death. We need to do something now. Please boycott these hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Raise your voices now. Spread the word. Rise up.

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