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Brunei Introduces Barbaric Law That Allows Gay Citizens To Be Stoned To Death

Brunei Introduces Barbaric Law That Allows Gay Citizens To Be Stoned To Death

The world is slowly moving towards accepting that love is love - whether it's with a person of the same gender or the opposite gender. But this change seems to be happening only in pockets. Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code, that criminalised homosexuality, got scrapped only last year. However, while some countries seem to be moving forward, others seem to be moving back in time.


The country of Brunei has now introduced harsh, new Sharia laws which include death by stoning for adultery and gay sex. Despite getting a lot of flak from international human rights and LGBTQ activists, the country has gone forward with formalising the laws.


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The tropical Borneo island is ruled by the powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah who is responsible for enforcing this strict penal code. It has fully come into force now after years of delay.


These changes also make it legal for law enforcement, who have been given the authority by the Sultan, to amputate hands and feet of thieves. Under the new laws, rape, robbery and insulting the Prophet are also punishable by death. This applies to both Muslims and non-Muslims. 


This decision has caused outrage around the entire world. The United Nations have labelled the laws 'cruel and inhumane' and celebrities such as George Clooney, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres have called to boycott Brunei-owned hotels.




 

 

 


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According to media reports, the Sultan, who has been on the throne for over five decades said, "I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger." He insists that the country is "fair" as well as "safe and harmonious".


People are taking to Twitter to express their disbelief and utter shock at this news. Here's what some of them had to say:


1. The laws are backward, no doubt.



2. It's about basic human rights.



3. Love is love...



4. They're barbaric laws!



We stand with the LGBTQ community in solidarity. Loving someone isn't a crime and we don't support anyone who says otherwise.


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Published on Apr 3, 2019
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