People who commit adultery or have gay sex will be subject to death by stoning after Brunei brought back strict Sharia law.
Human rights groups have reacted in horror at the latest hardline move from the resource-rich nation on Borneo, which practises a stricter brand of Islam than its neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia.
The tiny sultanate will implement the harsh new penal code – which also prescribes amputation of a hand and foot for theft – next Wednesday.
Homosexuality is already illegal in Brunei but it will now become a capital offence. The law only applies to Muslims.
The new penalty for theft is amputation of the right hand for a first offence, and the left foot for a second offence.
Amnesty International Wednesday urged Brunei to immediately halt implementing the new penalties.
To legalise such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself, Brunei researcher Rachel Chhoa-Howard said in a statement.
Some of the potential “offences” should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender.
A notice on Bruneis Attorney Generals Chambers dated December 29 last year said the provisions will take effect on April 3.
Brunei first announced the measures in 2013 but implementation has been delayed as officials worked out the practical details and in the teeth of opposition by rights groups.
However, a spokesman for the Brunei religious affairs ministry Wednesday said only that Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah was expected to make an announcement on April 3 regarding the implementation of the new Sharia laws.
Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch warned that implementation of the law will quickly drive the country towards human rights pariah status in the eyes of foreign investors, tourists, and international agencies.
He added: If this ill-considered plan goes forward, there is every reason to believe the global boycott Brunei movement will reRead More – Source