Brunei to become first in Asia to stone homosexuals to death
Mar 31 2019
"Rights groups reacted in horror to the latest hardline move from the resource-rich nation on Borneo, which practises a stricter brand of Islam than its neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia".
The new penal code was formally announced in 2013, but public outcry and protests pushed Brunei to delay its actual enactment until now, according to the New York Times.
Homosexual activity is now illegal but only punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
The changes in the law are part of a three stage plan to introduce Sharia Law into the country which was announced several years ago.
Under global human rights law, corporal punishment in all its forms, such as stoning, amputation or whipping, constitutes torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.
THE MUSLIM Tyrant of Brunei has passed tough new laws that will punish gays with STONING for gay sex. The laws included jail sentences and fines for pregnancies out of wedlock and skipping Friday prayers.
There were no official announcements made about setting the laws in motion apart from a notice published on the Attorney General's website.
Chhoa-Howard said: "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, 72, rules with full executive authority and has supported the monarchy's adoption of a more conservative Islamic culture, including a ban on alcohol sales, according to CNN.
Under the laws about to come into effect, a person can be convicted of adultery or having gay sex only if there are multiple Muslim witnesses.
Amnesty International urged Brunei to "immediately halt" implementing the new penalties, which they said were "deeply flawed". Under the worldwide human rights law, punishments like these are prohibited.
Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (center) visits the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, on October 4, 2018.
The Sultan of the southeast Asian island nation has said he considers the new law to be a form of "special guidance" from God.