Brunei backs down on death penalty but stays firm on anti-LGBT+ penal code

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, ruler of Brunei announced that the country’s death penalty would not be enforced following widespread international backlash.

The country’s April announcement of the new penalties prompted a boycott of hotels owned by the sultan, spear headed by high-profile celebrities Including George Clooney and Elton John and supported by several large companies including JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank.

“For more than two decades, we have practiced a de facto moratorium on the execution of death penalty for cases under the common law. This will also be applied to cases under the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO),” the sultan said.

Still, the sultan stands by the new penal code, and LGBT+ citizens can still face punishment.

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