Brunei Won’t Punish Gay People With The Death Penalty — But Homosexuality Will Remain Illegal

Brunei Won’t Punish Gay People With The Death Penalty — But Homosexuality Will Remain Illegal

In response to worldwide backlash and global boycotts, Brunei won’t enforce its death penalty punishment for gay sex. According to Reuters, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah extended a moratorium on capital punishment on Sunday to include sections of the country’s new penal code which make adultery, rape, and sexual relations between same-sex couples punishable by death, including death by stoning. Homosexuality, however, will remain illegal in the country.

“As evident for more than two decades, we have practiced a de facto moratorium on the execution of death penalty for cases under the common law,” Reuters reported Bolkiah said in a speech. “This will also be applied to cases under the [Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO)], which provides a wider scope for remission.”

Despite extending the country’s “de facto” moratorium of enforcing the death penalty, it did not appear that the sultan had plans to either repeal legislation prohibiting and criminalizing sex between same-sex couples or officially drop language listing the death penalty as a suitable punishment. “I am aware that there are many questions and misperceptions with regard to the implementation of the SPCO,” the sultan reportedly said. “However, we believe that once these have been cleared, the merit of the law will be evident.”

In December, the country’s attorney general announced it planned to roll out and begin enforcing its own version of Islamic, or sharia, laws in early April. As the date of the legislation’s roll out neared, activists, celebrities, governments, and businesses worldwide pushed back on Brunei, according to CNBC. While homosexuality has always been illegal in Brunei, according to the news outlet, the new laws included legislation that would make it punishable by the death penalty.

As part of the backlash, celebrities like actor George Clooney and singer Elton John called on people and businesses to boycott hotels owned by the Brunei Investment Agency. “Let’s be clear, every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery,” Clooney wrote in an April op-ed for Deadline. “Brunei is a Monarchy and certainly any boycott would have little effect on changing these laws. But are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations? Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?”

On Sunday, however, the sultan of Brunei continued to defend the Syariah Penal Code Order. “Both the common law and the Syariah law aim to ensure peace and harmony of the country,” Reuters reported a rare English translation of his speech issued by the sultan’s office quoted him as having said. What’s more, he characterized the laws as necessary for ensuring morality. “They are also crucial in protecting the morality and decency of the country as well as the privacy of individuals,” the news outlet reported he said.

According to The Hill, under Brunei law, homosexuality is already punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Previous THE THING ABOUT LOVE
Next After The Kito Story Is Another Story

About author

You might also like

Gallery 1Comments

How about a look at the gorgeous male cast of Aladdin the live action remake?

After a search that was publicly giving Disney some major difficulties, looks like the studio has finally locked down its lead cast for the live action remake of the beloved

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
The Happenings 14 Comments

Months After Breaking Up, Kaleb and Kordale Announce They’re Expecting New Baby

What a difference a few months make. After announcing their split last July, Instagram’s most famous hot gay dads, Kaleb Anthony and Kordale Lewis, just announced they’re expecting a new

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
The Happenings 15 Comments

Reality Star Alex Bowen’s Dick Pic May Have Broken The Internet

On Tuesday, Love Island’s reality star Alex Bowen suddenly became a celebrity of a different kind – the kind that has his privates floating about on the internet. The photo

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply