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Brunei introduced stoning to death for gay sex, adultery

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Brunei on Wednesday introduced new sharia laws, including stoning to death for adultery and gay sex. Since then, a storm of well-known figures from the world has lined up to add their names to the chorus of condemnation.

Brunei has marked the first place in East or Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level, which has joined several mostly Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia.

Robbery and rape accused should also be punished by death under this new penal code and many of the new laws, such as capital punishment for insulting the Prophet Mohammed, apply to non-Muslims as well as Muslims.

As soon as the punishments were introduced, the United Nations has labelled them a “clear violation” of human rights and celebrities, led by actor George Clooney and pop star Elton John, calling for Brunei-owned hotels to be boycotted by the masses immediately.
The sultan insisted that Brunei was a “fair” country and the environment for visitors was “safe and harmonious”.

Sex between men was already considered illegal in Brunei and punishable with up to 10 years in jail.

But the new code stipulates death by stoning as a punishment for sex between men, while women convicted of having sexual relations with other women will face up to 40 strokes of the cane or a maximum 10-years of jail.

A 33-year-old gay Bruneian man, who spoke anonymously to the AFP, has said that the new laws were “unfair, cruel and should not happen”.

“It really takes away my happiness and freedom to express myself, and depresses me so much,” he told AFP.

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