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Harsh new laws went into affect on Wednesday in Brunei. The barbaric laws include death by stoning for sex between men and for adultery. Also included in the new Sharia law provisions are amputation of limbs for theft. 

Human rights groups, celebrities, leaders and students around the world have condemned the new laws. 

"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
New Laws In Brunei Barbaric
Rachel Chhoa-Howard - Amnesty International

Brunei Enacts New Laws Including Death by Stoning For Gay Sex and Adultery

Brunei is a very wealthy monarchy on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. The new penal code is based on Shariah Islamic law. The laws are based on the Quran and other writings, though interpretations of Shariah can vary widely. 

The sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah is also the prime minister. He introduced the first version of Shariah in 2013. It was part of a long-term project to impose a restrictive form of Islam on his country, which is majority Muslim. At the time, international protest delayed the laws from going into effect. Recently Brunei has stood defiant and enacted the laws April 3rd, 2019 with some revisions. 

"Brunei is a sovereign Islamic and fully independent country and, like all other independent countries, enforces its own rule of laws,”

Prime Ministers Office Brunei

The new laws that went into effect on Wednesday include:

  • Death by stoning for gay sex between men
  • Death by stoning for extramarital sex
  • Death by stoning for abortion
  • Death by stoning for anal sex 
  • Death penalty for rediculing the Quaran
  • Death penalty for insulting the Prophet Muhammad
  • Death penalty for rape
  • Amputation for theft
  • 40 lashes for lesbian sex 

In some cases the strictest punishments are reserved for Muslims. In other cases they can apply regardless of faith. 

The New Laws Can Also Apply to Minors

The new laws will also apply to what many consider to be minors in western culture. Anyone who has reached puberty will be considered an adult and subject to the harsh new laws. Children who have not reached puberty will be subject to “floggings” for breaking the law. 

Celebrities Lead Global Anger at New Barbaric Brunei Laws

Celebrities Lead Global Anger

In response to the new brutal laws in Brunei, celebrities have created a movement  to boycott a large hotel group that is owned by the Sultan. Leading the boycott are the likes of Sir Elton John, George Clooney, and Ellen DeGeneres

The Sultan is One of the Richest People in the World

Brunei is one of the richest countries in the world because of its tremendous oil wealth. The 72-year-old Sultan has lead the country since 1967 and is considered as one of the richest people in the world. He is said to be worth over 20 billion dollars and owns the largest home in the world along with the largest collection of rare cars. 



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