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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brunei's new law permits stoning gay people to death

The predominantly Muslim state of Brunei considered same-sex act as a crime. They had it for years and still have it to date. But the maximum punishment had been a 10-year prison sentence.

Its government however has adopted a new penal code by stoning to death those involve in same-sex activity, rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, insulting any verses of the Quran and Hadith, blasphemy, declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim, and murder.

But the country's new law draws negative responses from human rights activists around the world including the United Nations, after its officials reportedly set to roll out this new penal code which is slated to go into effect on April 22.
“Application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offenses contravenes international law,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement. “We urge the Government to delay the entry into force of the revised penal code and to conduct a comprehensive review ensuring its compliance with international human rights standards,” he told a news conference in Geneva.
Brunei has reportedly not carried out any executions since 1957.
Brunei is the latest in a series of countries to pass anti-gay laws that could result in extreme punishments for those engaging in same-sex acts. 

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