New Islamic prison legal guidelines in Brunei that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to demise have triggered an outcry from international locations, rights teams and celebrities far past the tiny Southeast Asian nation’s shores.
The penalties have been offered for below new sections of Brunei’s Shariah Penal Code, which got here into impact on April 3. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah instituted the code in 2014 to bolster the affect of Islam within the oil-rich monarchy of round 430,000 folks, two-thirds of whom are Muslim.
The primary stage of the Shariah Penal Code included fines or jail for offences equivalent to being pregnant out of wedlock or failing to hope on Fridays. Underneath the brand new legal guidelines, these discovered responsible of homosexual intercourse might be stoned to demise or whipped. Adulterers danger demise by stoning too, whereas thieves face amputation of a proper hand on their first offence and a left foot on their second. The legal guidelines additionally apply to kids and foreigners, together with non-Muslims.
The brand new legal guidelines have been broadly condemned internationally, with Amnesty Worldwide saying that “to legalise such merciless and inhuman penalties is appalling”. New Zealand has added its voice to the protest, with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters saying it was “severely regrettable that Brunei’s resolution contravenes various worldwide norms on human rights”.
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Within the US, celebrities are harnessing their star energy to protest in opposition to the brand new legal guidelines….