People who can't afford luxury hotels are still protesting Brunei's new law

People who can't afford luxury hotels are still protesting Brunei's new law

People who can't afford luxury hotels are still protesting Brunei's new law

German diplomats expressed concern at the introduction of Sharia law penalties and appealed to Brunei's ambassador to "abide by existing global human rights obligations".

A view of the headquarters of German bank Deutsche Bank in London on 5 May 2017.

According to Reuters, the United Nations said on Wednesday that Brunei is violating human rights by implementing Islamic laws that would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality.

The Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who has been the ruler of Brunei since 1967, introduced the Sharia directive which punishes Muslims who do not pray on Fridays, and sentences women to jail time who have children out of wedlock, as well as those found drinking alcohol, reported The Guardian.

Pop recording artist Dua Lipa and tennis legend Billie Jean King have joined calls by George Clooney, Elton John, and Ellen DeGeneres for a boycott of the Dorchester Collection and other business entities owned by Brunei after its implementation of a 'death by stoning' punishment for gay sex.

Zayce said that gay people in Brunei, who were leading "secretive lives" even before death by stoning came into force, were now even more scared.

"I was never out or openly gay in Brunei, relationships were hard, my last relationship was with a Bruneian and the families were suspicious", he said.

"The United States strongly opposes violence, criminalization and discrimination targeting vulnerable groups, including women at risk of violence, religious and ethnic minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons", State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said.

The campaign is in response to Brunei's introduction of death by stoning for gay sex yesterday.

Brunei was the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law in 2014 when it announced the first of three stages of legal changes that included fines or jail for offences such as pregnancy outside marriage or failing to pray on Friday.

The petition, directed to the Minister and Shadow Minister for Transport, calls on the government to "commit to a ban on Royal Brunei from flying into and out of Australia". Shariah law applies to Muslims, non-Muslims, and foreigners, and penalties can be very severe, including physical punishment and the death penalty, it adds.

"I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger", all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a public address near the capital Bandar Seri Begawan.

The third and final set of laws was what was scheduled to come into force on 3 April. The previous maximum punishment for homosexual sex acts was 10 years in prison.

In her post, DeGeneres named and shamed the hotels owned and operated by the Brunei Investment Agency (an arm of the government), with the word "boycott" written in red writing above the list.

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