Gay Sex Punishable By Stoning To Death In Brunei Under New Law

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Stoning people to death for being in consensual same-sex relationships will soon become punishment under a new law in Brunei.

Brunei first introduced Sharia laws in 2014, and so homosexuality was already punishable by up to ten years in prison.

However, this new law would mean engaging in same-sex sexual acts could result in a person being stoned to death – and could also result in thieves having limbs amputated.

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Amnesty International released a statement earlier today (March 27) condemning the new law and calling the punishments it plans to introduce as ‘heinous’.

Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei Researcher at Amnesty International, said:

Pending provisions in Brunei’s Penal Code would allow stoning and amputation as punishments – including for children, to name only their most heinous aspects.

Brunei must immediately halt its plans to implement these vicious punishments, and revise its Penal Code in compliance with its human rights obligations. The international community must urgently condemn Brunei’s move to put these cruel penalties into practice.

To legalize such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself. Some of the potential ‘offences’ should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender.

Brunei’s Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, first announced the implementation and enforcement of Sharia law in April 2014; it was the first East Asian country to do so.

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This implementation was the first of three stages of legal changes, including fines or jail sentences for ‘offences’ like pregnancy outside of marriage or failing to pray on a Friday, The Asahi Shimbun reports.

Brunei was supposed to implement the second and final stages – which include whipping and mutilations for Muslims found guilty of alcohol consumption or theft, and stoning to death for Muslims found guilty of engaging in same-sex sexual activity – in 2015 and 2016.

However, after international backlash, VICE reports Sultan Bolkiah delayed the implementation of the final two stages until now. The newly implemented sections of the penal code are due to come into force next week on April 3, according to a notice on the Attorney General’s website.

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Rachel Chhoa-Howard from Amnesty International explained:

These abusive provisions received widespread condemnation when plans were first discussed five years ago.

Brunei’s Penal Code is a deeply flawed piece of legislation containing a range of provisions that violate human rights.

As well as imposing cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments, it blatantly restricts the rights to freedom of expression, religion, and belief, and codifies discrimination against women and girls.

The Asahi Shimbun reports the Brunei Prime Minister’s Department did not respond to a request for comment.

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Lucy Connolly

Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).