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LGBT activists protest outside Brunei sultan’s home in London against death penalty for gay sex, adultery

By: Rocio De La` Fe / Posted By: Paige Hubbard 

A group of protesters can be seen dancing outside the home of the Sultan of Brunei in protest against the country implementing the death penalty for gay sex.

The move will make it the seventh country to impose the death penalty, for same-sex relationships, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.
Lewis Cox, a Labour Party councilor led the protest outside the Sultan’s home in West London and strongly condemned the move by the Asian country.

The announcement, and particularly the targeting of LGBT+ people, has sparked international outrage with politicians and celebrities calling on Brunei to immediately stop.

The Muslim-majority country defended its right to implement Islamic laws releasing a statement saying, “The (Sharia) Law, apart from criminalizing and deterring acts that are against the teachings of Islam, also aims to educate, respect and protect the legitimate rights of all individuals, society or nationality of any faiths and race.”

Some aspects of the laws will apply to non-Muslims.

Sultan 72-year-old Hassanal Bolkiah is the world’s second-longest reigning monarch and is prime minister of the oil-rich country. He ranks as one of the world’s wealthiest people.

Brunei already enforces Islamic teachings more strictly than Malaysia and Indonesia, which are the other majority Muslim countries in Southeast Asia. The sale of alcohol is banned and evangelism by other religions is forbidden.

The country does not hold elections, but any discontent is paid for with generous government policies including zero taxes, subsidized housing, and free healthcare and education.

The expected implementation of strict Islamic laws has drawn widespread criticism.
(V2) Oscar-winning actor George Clooney has called for a boycott of luxury hotels owned by The Brunei Investment Company, such as the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Dorchester in London and the Plaza Athenee in Paris.

The United Nations human rights spokeswoman said it would be a serious setback to human rights if the country applies the laws allowing death by stoning.

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