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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:00 pm

Brunei: New Penal Code Imposes Maiming, Stoning
Immediately Suspend Highly Abusive Law

(Kuala Lumpur) – The Brunei government’s introduction of a new Sharia penal code poses grave threats to basic rights, especially for the country’s most vulnerable people, Human Rights Watch said today.

The penal code, which goes into effect on April 3, 2019, requires death by stoning for extramarital sex, anal sex, and abortion; amputation of limbs for stealing; and 100 lashes with a whip for lesbian sex. Children who have reached puberty and are convicted of these offenses can receive the same punishments as adults; certain younger children may be subjected to whipping.

“Brunei’s new penal code is barbaric to the core, imposing archaic punishments for acts that shouldn’t even be crimes,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director. “Sultan Hassanal should immediately suspend amputations, stoning, and all other rights-abusing provisions and punishments.”

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah first formally published the Sharia, or Islamic Law, Syariah Penal Code Order in October 2013. At that time, the government stated it would implement the new law in three phases. The first phase would enact the provisions punishable by fines or imprisonment in April 2014. The second and third phases would then be introduced over the next two years, implementing provisions that included punishments such as amputation, whipping, or stoning to death. Following an international outcry over the severity of the punishments, the government delayed further implementation of the law. However, on December 29, 2018, Brunei’s attorney general quietly issued a notification that the law would be enacted in full on April 3.

On March 30, the Prime Minister’s Office sought to contain global outrage against the new law, issuing a statement that the code aims to “respect and protect the legitimate rights of all individuals.” Claims that this draconian law respects rights are without basis.


https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/03/bru ... ng-stoning

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Post by Hurtzi » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:31 pm

George Clooney called for the boycott of some hotels - 2 in Paris - that belong to the sovereign fond of Brunei. Elton John joined. I hope that there will be a worldwide movement for more than just a few hotels which are out of our (price) range anyway.
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Post by Somerset » Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:36 pm

Hurtzi wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:31 pm
George Clooney called for the boycott of some hotels - 2 in Paris - that belong to the sovereign fond of Brunei. Elton John joined. I hope that there will be a worldwide movement for more than just a few hotels which are out of our (price) range anyway.
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/br ... 52906.html

Britain has the perfect opportunity to strike back against Brunei’s horrific new anti-LGBT+ laws

With that in mind, even the boycott of luxury hotels may also be harmful. It could easily be seen as an attack by prominent LGBT+ people and organisations against the Bruneian state. And it is unlikely to be effective. Hotel revenue is dwarfed by oil and gas, and a similar boycott from 2014 fizzled out.

So what might the sultan care about? He cares about the UK.

As a former British colony, the sultanate continues to be supported by the UK. Ever since suppressing the 1962 coup, there has been a contingent of gurkhas based in Brunei – even after Brunei gained independence in 1984. The sultan pays for the troops’ expenses in a defence agreement which is renewed every five years. It is the only significant British military base in southeast Asia, which lends it great strategic importance.

The next agreement between Britain and Brunei is due to expire in February next year. In this new era for the sultanate, it looks like an opportunity for Britain to show its true colours as a standard bearer for human rights around the globe.

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Post by Hurtzi » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:48 am

This Tory government will stand up against some uber-rich ruler?
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Post by Hurtzi » Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:03 am

Here's a list of everyone who is boycotting or cutting ties with Brunei after it introduced new laws to punish homosexuality with death by stoning

https://amp.businessinsider.com/brunei- ... ion-2019-4
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Post by Sam the Centipede » Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:42 pm

I'm curious to know whether professional eejits will start boycotting or harassing Brunel University in London.

Y'know the sort of eejits, the ones who despoil someone's house because they don't know the difference between a pediatrician and a pedophile.

I assume the Brunel in Brunel U.'s name is Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century engineer who built railroads, ships, bridges, etc. Brunel is a French family name from his father's side.

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