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Brunei Brings In Death Penalty Today For Homosexuality Despite International Outcry

05 April, 2019, 07:10 | Author: Taylor George
  • Hotel Eden in Rome belongs to the Dorchester Collection owned by the Brunei Investment Agency

In December 2018, the office of Brunei's Attorney General issued a notice announcing that 3 April 2019 would see the final phase of a six-year rollout of Sharia (Islamic law) in the Southeast Asian Islamic monarchy.

The tough penal code in the tiny country on tropical Borneo island - ruled by the all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah - is set to be fully implemented following years of delays.

Prior to the draconian sharia penal code, members of the community are already repressed by laws that prohibited homosexuality which is punishable up to 10 years in prison.

Brunei has been condemned by various countries and imminent personalities including actor George Clooney and Elton John, for implementing the law.

Zayce said that gay people in Brunei, who were leading "secretive lives" even before death by stoning came into force, were now even more scared.

The country first introduced Sharia law in 2014 despite widespread condemnation, giving it a dual legal system with both Sharia and Common Law.

It is also unclear whether death by stoning will actually be implemented, as a high burden of proof is needed to hand down the punishment and Brunei has not executed anyone for decades.

"So long as people face criminalisation, bias and violence based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics, we must redouble our efforts to end these violations", said Guterres' spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.

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"Like many Australians we find these new measures to be extremely confronting and we share the concerns of those organisations that have contacted us over the matter", Melbourne Airport chief executive Lyell Strambi said.

"Dorchester Collection is an inclusive and diverse company and does not tolerate any form of discrimination", the company said in a statement pinned on its corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Woolfe organised Brunei's first ever LGBT event - a 2016 gathering at a hotel in the sultanate to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - and was subsequently barred from visiting the country.

Meanwhile, the gay community in Brunei has been forced to flee. This sentence now also applies to those who commit rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sex and for insulting the Prophet Muhammed.

Khairul, a young gay man who spoke to CNN over the phone Tuesday, said the new laws were "inhumane". It's an outright invalidation of your personality and blatant disrespect to one's human rights.

"LGBTQ2 travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Brunei", it reads, warning that the Shariah penal code applies regardless of a person's religion or nationality.

She added: "I have communicated my concern to the Government of Brunei, strongly urging it to reconsider the introduction of the punishments proposed under the new Penal Code which, if implemented in its current form, will potentially bring into effect cruel and inhuman punishments which contravene worldwide human rights law and standards".



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