Brunei Implements Stoning to Death Under Anti-LGBT Laws

Brunei Implements Stoning to Death Under Anti-LGBT Laws

Brunei Implements Stoning to Death Under Anti-LGBT Laws
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Homosexuality was already illegal in Brunei and this is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. However, Brunei is introducing another very strict Islamic law that make gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death. It was introduced in the south-east Asian kingdom ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

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.

Moreover, new punishment also includes amputations of hands and feet for thieves thus making Brunei the first country in East or Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level. Other countries in the Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia already adhere to sharia law.

These penal codes were formally published in 2013 however, due to the controversy, the government said that it would be enacted over a period of several years.

These laws caused disappointment in Brunei’s LGBT community and according to an LGBT activist, they are still living in a ‘pink bubble’. According to Ryan Silverio from the human rights network SOGIE Caucus, the delays over the law created a false sense of security to the LGBT community. “At that time there was one LGBT person and she said: ‘Look at how I dress, look at how I act, am I being arrested by the police?’ And then a few others said, I think we are okay as long as we don’t rock the boat, have parades and announce our sexuality,” Silverio said.

The new punishments have also been greeted by shock from abroad, sparking international condemnation from human rights groups and celebrities.

 

Because of the internet and how celebrities respond to the law of Brunei, representatives for the Dorchester Collection said in a statement on Wednesday that the company does “not tolerate any form of discrimination.”

“Dorchester Collection’s Code emphasizes equality, respect and integrity in all areas of our operation, and strongly values people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees,” they said. “Inclusion and diversity remain core beliefs.”

Surely, this sparks different opinions from across the globe and affects how people live in that country most especially the LGBT community. This will give dread and fear to the people and can create issues on their safety.

Moreover, 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.

 

 


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