Wednesday 3 April finally saw the implementation of death by public stoning for any Brunei citizens caught engaging in gay sex as well as anyone involved in sex outside of marriage. The laws have been in the pipeline for five years.
The Sultan of Brunei has ruled the small oil-producing country on the island of Borneo. It consists of 420 000 people for decades and is one of the wealthiest men in the world. Two-thirds of the population is made up of Muslims.
Celebrities such as George Clooney, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres have called for a boycott of the Sultan's 9 international hotels, including the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and The Dorchester in London.
Tomorrow, the country of #Brunei will start stoning gay people to death. We need to do something now. Please boycott these hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Raise your voices now. Spread the word. Rise up. pic.twitter.com/24KJsemPGH— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 2, 2019
Phil Robertson, deputy director of the Asia Division for Human Rights Watch talks about the impact of these laws.
This law has no place in the 21st century. It is truly medieval.— Phil Robertson, Deputy director - Asia Division for Human Rights Watch
He says Brunei becoming an international pariah will not be good for its economy.
If there is enough international pressure and outcry, it may stay the hand on this Sultan and his government implementing the worst provisions of this law.— Phil Robertson, Deputy director - Asia Division for Human Rights Watch
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