Being Gay in Brunei Will Result in Death By Stoning from April 3 – List of 9 Sultan of Brunei Hotels to Boycott Just Like George Clooney

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A new law which comes into effect from next week will punish homosexual sex and adultery with death in the small southeast Asian kingdom of Brunei.

That law has already sparked negative reaction worldwide including actor George Clooney who boycotts Brunei’s hotel due to the new act.

What it’s like to be a gay in Brunei

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Beginning on April 3, any individuals found guilty of the offenses will be stoned to death, according to the new penal code in Brunei. The punishment will be “witnessed by a group of Muslims.”

Brunei is a small oil-rich kingdom of just over 450,000 people on the island of Borneo, close to the more moderate Islamic nations of Indonesia and Malaysia.

In May 2014, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced he would be imposing a new penal code based on Sharia law, an Islamic legal system which outlines strict corporal punishments.

At the time, the government’s website quoted the Sultan as saying that his government “does not expect other people to accept and agree with it, but that it would suffice if they just respect the nation in the same way that it also respects them.”

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The latest phase of implementation, including the brutal new provisions, was quietly announced on the Brunei attorney general’s website on December 29, 2018.

Human rights groups were quick to express horror at the penal code, which will also order amputation the hands of those convicted of theft and will apply to children.

“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,” Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei Researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement.

Brunei’s hotels to ban 

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Film star George Clooney has called for a boycott of nine hotels because of their links to Brunei.

In an opinion piece written for Deadline, Clooney decried Brunei’s announcement that from April 3 the country will stone or whip to death citizens caught committing adultery or having gay sex.

“Let that sink in. In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into authoritarianism this stands alone,” Clooney said.

He called for the public to join him in immediately boycotting nine hotels – three in the UK, two in the US, two in France and two in Italy. They include the Beverley Hills Hotel and the Bel-Air in Los Angeles, the Dorchester in London and Le Meurice in Paris.

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Clooney said the Brunei Investment Agency owns the hotels, which he described as some of the “most exclusive” in the world. He even admitted he had stayed in some, until he found out who owned them.

“Every single time we stay at, or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery,” he said.

“Are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations? Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?”


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Being Gay in Brunei Will Result in Death By Stoning from April 3 - List of 9 Sultan of Brunei's Hotels to Boycott Just Like George Clooney
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Being Gay in Brunei Will Result in Death By Stoning from April 3 - List of 9 Sultan of Brunei's Hotels to Boycott Just Like George Clooney
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A new law which comes into effect from next week will punish homosexual sex and adultery with death in the small southeast Asian kingdom of Brunei. That law has already sparked negative reaction worldwide including actor George Clooney who boycotts Brunei's hotel due to the new act.
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