“I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger,” Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Leader of Brunei and one of the world’s richest men.
In what’s been announced by the U.N. as ‘cruel and inhuman punishments that seriously breach international human rights law’, the leader of the tiny South-East Asian country Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, has made new Islamic laws such as adultery, abortion and gay sex punishable by stoning to death.
Other laws punishable by death include rape, adultery, robbery, sodomy and defamation of the Prophet Muhammad.
Children in puberty can also receive the death penalty while younger children could be whipped, according to Human Rights Watch.
While this news is devastating to the LGBT community of Brunei, celebrities George Clooney, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres have joined a campaign to boycott luxury hotels owned by the sultan, as you can too.
However, some experts have said that the chances of the death penalty being imposed for gay sex are small, seeing that a confession or a witness are needed to get a conviction.
Regardless, public figures, human rights organisations and the LGBT community is standing against this and ready to fight.