By WebDev of RB
Brunie just brought back death by stoning as a punishment for homosexuality, and experts fear it’s part of a growing trend of homophobia in South East Asia.
The change has horrified human rights groups, and it’s not clear how willing the regime will be to use the brutal punishment once it becomes law according to abc.net.
According to nydaily engaging in gay sex in Brunei can get you killed. A new law starting April 3 in the southeastern Asian nation allows for the lethal stoning of residents who either engage in gay sex or adultery, reported CNN. More alarming, the law applies to both adults and children, alike. “We are facing a dangerous crisis as Brunei is close to implementing laws that impose state-sponsored torture and murder of LGBTQ people,” said Human Rights Campaign Global Director Ty Cobb. “It’s absolutely crucial that the international community speak out now and demand that the Sultan of Brunei stop these barbaric charges that threaten the lives of Brunei citizens.”
The small country, located on the island coast of Borneo, has been lurching toward a more conservative tack lately, including banning alcohol sales. “Brunei must immediately halt its plans to implement these vicious punishments and revise its penal code in compliance with his human rights obligations,” said Brunei Amnesty International researcher Rachel Chhoa-Howard. Adultery and homosexuality had carried prison terms of up to 10 years before the new law, which includes whipping guilty offenders.