Brunei Enacts Harsh New Criminal Law, Punishments For Gay Sex, Adultery Despite Outcry From U.N. Agencies, Others

New York Times: Brunei Stoning Punishment for Gay Sex and Adultery Takes Effect Despite International Outcry
“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 Shariah, Islamic law based on the Quran and other writings, though interpretations of Shariah can vary widely…” (Magra, 4/3).

U.N. News: U.N. agencies urge Brunei to repeal new ‘extreme and unjustified’ penal code
“…Underscoring that every person has the right to be ‘free from torture’ and ‘cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment,’ UNAIDS, the agency dedicated to tackling the virus, and the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), the sexual and reproductive health agency, warned the new penal code, which came into force in the south-east Asian monarchy on Wednesday, ‘will have a significant negative impact on overall health and well-being’ there…” (4/4).

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