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Brunei suspends death penalty of gay sex after Worldwide Boycott

This Sunday, May 5th, Brunei suspended, for the time being, their intention to apply the Sharia Law of the death penalty to homosexuals.

The decision to suspend the death penalty came following several worldwide campaigns promoted by public figures like Elton John or George Clooney – who has expressed that these new laws are “violations against human rights” and asked for several boycotts to Brunei’s luxury hotels worldwide!

Also, the international pressure made by the multinational companies and travel agencies that revoked trips and stopped promoting Brunei has a desired plan for holidays!

ONU has warned Brunei, that these laws were a violation of the international human rights standards established on the Declaration of Human Rights signed in 1948 and rectified by Brunei in 2006.

“I am aware that there are many questions and misperceptions with regard to the implementation of the SPCO. However, we believe that once these have been cleared, the merit of the law will be evident.” Said the Sultan before the Ramadan.

It should be noted that this new penal code also includes the possibility of amputation for thieves and to condemn whipping to people that may dress with cloths pre-defined by society to belong to the opposing sex! Back in April this penal code was extended to gay sex and adultery by women!

“The criminalisation of adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage of individual Muslims, particularly women. The offences, therefore, will not apply to non-Muslims unless the act of adultery or sodomy is committed with a Muslim.” Expressed the Sultan on a letter sent to the European Union

Even so, several activist groups have voiced that this fight is far from over and it needs to continue. The Human Rights Watch has declared that “Some Islamic laws should be revoked or changed because they need to be in accordance with the modern era”

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