Brunei’s LGBT community lives in fear

  • The United Nations has called the new laws “draconian” while the US and several other countries had urged Brunei to halt its plans.
  • Celebrities including George Clooney, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres have rallied for a boycott of nine hotels in the U.S. and Europe linked to Brunei.
  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said on Sunday that Brunei has had a “de facto moratorium” on capital punishment for over two decades and “this will also be applied to cases under the” new Shariah laws.
  • The announcement came as a surprise but appeared aimed at deflecting criticism that Islamic criminal laws are cruel.
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