This Country Has Started Stoning LGBTQ+ People To Death

This sets back the LGBTQI movement several hundred years

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah introduced a sharia penal code that makes crimes including adultery, gay sex and abortion punishable by stoning to death. This move is a part of the new set of sharia laws adopted by the South-east Asian country which call for “stronger” Islamic teachings. Homosexuality was already illegal in Brunei and was punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The new laws also include public flogging as a punishment for abortion and amputation for theft, and criminalises exposing Muslim children to beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.

In response to Brunei’s harsh laws, celebrities including Ellen DeGenres, Elton John and George Clooney called for boycotting hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

Many businesses have moved their events away from the group of hotels and advertisements for tourism to Brunei have been taken down on the London Underground. On April 6, protesters thronged London’s Dorchester Hotel, which has been owned by Brunei’s state-owned investment agency since 1987. Here’s how people protested outside the hotels: