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Please refresh the page and retry. A new strict Sharia penal code is to be enforced from next Wednesday defying heavy criticism that has kept the brutal provisions on hold for the last four years. Homosexuality is already illegal in the former British protectorate, but now it will become a capital offence.
The court was addressing a petition filed in by three Kenyan organizations that work to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The Court of Appeal should revisit this ruling urgently. The laws are rarely enforced — Human Rights Watch is aware of two prosecutions against four people under article in the last 10 years.
Updated April 03, The tiny nation of Brunei introduced severe penalties for gay sex and adultery — stoning to death and whipping — despite global condemnation. Made up of two small slivers of land on the island of Borneo, the oil-rich country of aboutpeople is ruled by the extravagantly wealthy Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who also acts as Prime Minister. The Muslim-majority nation became the first East Asian country to adopt strict Sharia law inbut in the face of widespread outrage backed down on the implementation of the most severe punishments.
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She called for a boycott of the hotels around the world owned by the Sultan of Brunei, the head of state. But the calls to isolate Brunei are wrongheaded. It has never done so before.
Amnesty International on Wednesday slammed plans by Brunei to implement what the rights group called "vicious" Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft. Amnesty said in a statement that the new penalties, which also apply to children, are provided for in new sections under Brunei's Sharia Penal Code and will come into effect April 3. The legal changes were announced in a discreet notice on the attorney general's website, it said.
A harsh new criminal law in Brunei — which includes death by stoning for sex between men or for adultery, and amputation of limbs for theft — went into effect on Wednesday, despite an international outcry from other countries, rights groups, celebrities and students. Brunei, a tiny monarchy on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, based its new penal code on ShariahIslamic law based on the Quran and other writings, though interpretations of Shariah can vary widely. The sultan, 72, is also the prime minister and holds several other titles. He first introduced the draconian version of Shariah inas part of a long-term project to impose a restrictive form of Islam on his country, which is majority Muslim.
To do so as a preventive measure is also reckless. Merely enacting such laws creates a toxic and threatening environment. Brunei has signed but not yet ratified the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and has rejected all recommendations to this effect in its human rights review at the UN inAmnesty International said.