A new law went into effect on April 3rd in Brunei, punishing adultery and homosexual sex with death by stoning. The penal code is based on Sharia law, with this provision representing only the latest of what has been a gradual roll-out of stricter laws announced by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in 2014.
Despite resounding international condemnation, the country has reiterated its commitment to the laws. “Brunei Darussalam is a sovereign Islamic and fully independent country and, like all other independent countries, enforces its own rule of law,” the office of Brunei’s Prime Minister said in a statement ahead of the law’s implementation.
A growing number of major companies from all over the world, including the Financial Times, Deutsche Bank, and STA Travel have pledged to boycott businesses owned by the Kingdom of Brunei, while a movement to boycott hotels owned by the Brunei Investment Group is gaining momentum among individuals after notable celebrities have promoted the idea.
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