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LGBT+ Community In Brunei Will Not Be Stoned, Country Won't Enforce Death Penalty For Gay Sex, Here's Why

Brunei does not even allow changing one's name or gender on official documents, sex reassignment surgery or even cross dressing.

 

The LGBT community living Brunei has been living in the closet for a long, long time now. As stricter laws were enforced, backlash was invited not just from the community, but internationally.

The laws were termed as ‘regressive’ as the country announced a death penalty by stoning for gay sex and extramarital sex. However, on Sunday, Brunei said that it would not be executing those convicted of adultery and gay sex after facing protests globally for the brutality of these penalties.

Brunei is a tiny oil-rich nation that imposed a strict new Islamic penal code. The law prescribes death by stoning for gay and extramarital sex. The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah said that the nation had not prescribed this kind of punishment for decades before this and would ‘continue its de facto moratorium’ on executions of those found guilty. The Sultan announced at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that there were “many questions and misperceptions with regard to the implementation” of the laws.

The new punishments were listed last month under a harsh interpretation of Islamic law. These new Islamic laws also have other harsh penalties enlisted that still remain including whipping for lesbian sex and amputation for a limb for theft. Critics have said they shall continue to oppose until all the new laws are completely revised.

Countries like United States, Britain, France, Germany and other countries protested the law. Even celebrities took a stance on this cruel law enforcement like George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John. Luxury hotels owned by the sultan faced boycott like the Dorchester in London and the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

Back in 2013, the implementation of harshest provisions of the Shariah law was delayed due to international criticism, but were implemented this year. Sexual relations between men are punished through death by stoning if they admit it or were seen by four eyewitnesses doing so. Sexual relations between women will be punishable by either being lashed 40 times by a cane or a maximum prison term of 10 years.

Homosexuality is still illegal in Brunei. Described as ‘the country that has the most worrisome state of rights for LGBT people in Southeast Asia, Brunei does not even allow changing one's name or gender on official documents, sex reassignment surgery or even cross dressing.

 

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LGBT+ Community In Brunei Will Not Be Stoned, Country Won't Enforce Death Penalty For Gay Sex, Here's Why

Brunei does not even allow changing one's name or gender on official documents, sex reassignment surgery or even cross dressing.

 

The LGBT community living Brunei has been living in the closet for a long, long time now. As stricter laws were enforced, backlash was invited not just from the community, but internationally.

The laws were termed as ‘regressive’ as the country announced a death penalty by stoning for gay sex and extramarital sex. However, on Sunday, Brunei said that it would not be executing those convicted of adultery and gay sex after facing protests globally for the brutality of these penalties.

Brunei is a tiny oil-rich nation that imposed a strict new Islamic penal code. The law prescribes death by stoning for gay and extramarital sex. The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah said that the nation had not prescribed this kind of punishment for decades before this and would ‘continue its de facto moratorium’ on executions of those found guilty. The Sultan announced at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that there were “many questions and misperceptions with regard to the implementation” of the laws.

The new punishments were listed last month under a harsh interpretation of Islamic law. These new Islamic laws also have other harsh penalties enlisted that still remain including whipping for lesbian sex and amputation for a limb for theft. Critics have said they shall continue to oppose until all the new laws are completely revised.

Countries like United States, Britain, France, Germany and other countries protested the law. Even celebrities took a stance on this cruel law enforcement like George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John. Luxury hotels owned by the sultan faced boycott like the Dorchester in London and the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

Back in 2013, the implementation of harshest provisions of the Shariah law was delayed due to international criticism, but were implemented this year. Sexual relations between men are punished through death by stoning if they admit it or were seen by four eyewitnesses doing so. Sexual relations between women will be punishable by either being lashed 40 times by a cane or a maximum prison term of 10 years.

Homosexuality is still illegal in Brunei. Described as ‘the country that has the most worrisome state of rights for LGBT people in Southeast Asia, Brunei does not even allow changing one's name or gender on official documents, sex reassignment surgery or even cross dressing.

 

Culture

LGBT+ Community In Brunei Will Not Be Stoned, Country Won't Enforce Death Penalty For Gay Sex, Here's Why

Brunei does not even allow changing one's name or gender on official documents, sex reassignment surgery or even cross dressing.

 

The LGBT community living Brunei has been living in the closet for a long, long time now. As stricter laws were enforced, backlash was invited not just from the community, but internationally.

The laws were termed as ‘regressive’ as the country announced a death penalty by stoning for gay sex and extramarital sex. However, on Sunday, Brunei said that it would not be executing those convicted of adultery and gay sex after facing protests globally for the brutality of these penalties.

Brunei is a tiny oil-rich nation that imposed a strict new Islamic penal code. The law prescribes death by stoning for gay and extramarital sex. The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah said that the nation had not prescribed this kind of punishment for decades before this and would ‘continue its de facto moratorium’ on executions of those found guilty. The Sultan announced at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that there were “many questions and misperceptions with regard to the implementation” of the laws.

The new punishments were listed last month under a harsh interpretation of Islamic law. These new Islamic laws also have other harsh penalties enlisted that still remain including whipping for lesbian sex and amputation for a limb for theft. Critics have said they shall continue to oppose until all the new laws are completely revised.

Countries like United States, Britain, France, Germany and other countries protested the law. Even celebrities took a stance on this cruel law enforcement like George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John. Luxury hotels owned by the sultan faced boycott like the Dorchester in London and the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

Back in 2013, the implementation of harshest provisions of the Shariah law was delayed due to international criticism, but were implemented this year. Sexual relations between men are punished through death by stoning if they admit it or were seen by four eyewitnesses doing so. Sexual relations between women will be punishable by either being lashed 40 times by a cane or a maximum prison term of 10 years.

Homosexuality is still illegal in Brunei. Described as ‘the country that has the most worrisome state of rights for LGBT people in Southeast Asia, Brunei does not even allow changing one's name or gender on official documents, sex reassignment surgery or even cross dressing.

 

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