Starting April 3rd, the Brunei government will fully implement Sharia law which the nation slowly introduced since 2014 (Reuters 1). Under Sharia law, the government allows the death penalty for “rape, adultery, sodomy, robbery and insulting or defaming the prophet Muhammad,” (Guardian). It also allows “death by stoning for adultery and gay sex,” public flogging for abortion, and “amputation for theft” (Reuters 2). Prior to Sharia law, the punishment for homosexuality was at most 10 years of imprisonment (Reuters 1).
The international community has had a negative response to the introduction of Sharia law in Brunei. The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, urged “Brunei to maintain its de facto moratorium on the use of capital punishment,” (Guardian). Government officials from the United States, Austria, Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand have expressed “concern” or disapproval of the law (CNN). Celebrities like Elton John and George Clooney are encouraging the boycott of hotels owned by the Brunei Investment Group (CNN).
Tags: Human rights, United Nations, Brunei, Sharia Law, LGBTQ+, death penatly, homosexuality