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Brunei To Punish Gay Sex And Adultery With Death By Stoning. Barbaric Much?

Brunei To Punish Gay Sex And Adultery With Death By Stoning. Barbaric Much?

The tiny Southeast Asian kingdom brought in a set of conservative laws since 2014 and announced the recent brutal provisions last year in the attorney general's website. The law will, however, apply only to Muslims. We don't know what's worse.

A a time when the world is moving forward with new technologies, modern medicines, and accepting attitudes, we have countries that are regressing into medieval times and practices. A case in point is Brunei. The country just announced the implementation of a gruesome law. The small southeast Asian country has brought in a new law that will not only ban gay sex and adultery, but anyone found to be engaging in a homosexual lifestyle, or in adultery will be stoned to death reports CNN. So, it is not just the death penalty that had led to an outcry in the country and around the world but the way one will be put to death has shocked the world. To this regard, the law will come into effect by as early as next week. Brunei is still ruled by a Monarch and it's no wonder that his will is final in Brunei. Beginning on April 3, any individuals found guilty of these "offenses" will be put to death according to the new penal code. Not only this, the stoning will take place in the presence of people and will be "witnessed by a group of Muslims."



 

We feel this is not just an act to put to death anyone accused of these crimes but is also a clear attempt to humiliate the guilty before his or her final hours and to be made an example of.  The country has gradually reverted backward with it announcing the new sets of laws since 2014. These have also been rolled out gradually with the latest phase of implementation, including the brutal new provisions, being announced on the website of Brunei'attorney general last year in December.



 

According to a report in The Telegraph, homosexuality was already a crime in the island kingdom. However, the new rules have now made it a capital offense. The report also states that the new law and punishment will only apply to Muslims.  Human rights groups including people from across the world have lambasted the rule and were quick to express horror at the penal code. Other provisions of the code also include amputation as a punishment for theft.



 

According to CNN, Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei Researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement, "Brunei must immediately halt its plans to implement these vicious punishments and revise its Penal Code in compliance with its human rights obligations. The international community must urgently condemn Brunei's move to put these cruel penalties into practice." The Telegraph quoted Chhoa-Howard and said that she condemned the plans as “heinous.”



 

She added, “The international community must urgently condemn Brunei’s move to put these cruel penalties into practice. To legalize such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself. Some of the potential ‘offenses’ should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender.”  On Twitter, Andrew Stroehlein wroteBrunei is to begin imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex and adultery. State murder is always wrong, but this is vile on a whole different level. State-promoted sadism. 



 



 

Another tweet by Mark Graham‏ highlighted that this was actually taking place in the modern day:  Hard to believe we’re still seeing this kind of appalling law being introduced in the world.  A Twitter user by the name Zulkarnain Sadali also spoke about the possible double standards of the law.  He wrote: Ok but he and his family are spared i mean sure his alleged gay son is safe partying with celebrities and his other hot son is safe with his toplessness parading around Brunei and the sultan himself with his harems but okay work sweetie.



 



 

In 2014 when the country announced plans to adopt Sharia law, there was an international outcry by rights group and a broad host of organizations. It was the first country in the region to adopt sharia law that outlines strict corporal punishments in adherence to Islamic law. The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, also the country's prime minister,  himself announced the new penal code in May 2014 starting the beginning of the new set of laws.



 

In announcing the change, government's website quoted the Sultan saying that his government "does not expect other people to accept and agree with it, but that it would suffice if they just respect the nation in the same way that it also respects them." The country has a population of only 450,000 people and is located on the island of Borneo, close to it's more moderate Islamic neighboring countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. Brunei also recently banned the sale of alcohol in a telling sign of it's growing conservatism.

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