Monday, April 1, 2019

The World Reacts To Brunei Making Homosexual Acts Punishable By Death

On April 3, the nation of Brunei will implement a more strict Syariah Penal Code, which will include brutal and inhumane penalties for theft, adultery, and homosexual acts.
According to the CIA, Islam is the official religion of Brunei, which has a 78.8% Muslim population. The nation is led by 72-year-old Sultan and Prime Minster Hassanal Bolkiah, who has ruled since 1967.
The CIA reports: "In May 2014, the first of three phases of sharia-based penal codes was instituted, which applies to Muslims and non-Muslims and exists in parallel to the existing common law-based code."
The following is direct text from the Syariah Penal Code regarding theft:
Any person who commits sariqah [surreptitious theft] where the value of the property amounts to or exceeds nisab [a certain value threshold] and the sariqah is proved either by ikrar [pledge] of the accused or by syahadah [true testimony] of at least two syahid [one who provides evidence via testimony] in accordance with Hukum Syara' [Islamic law] other than the victim's evidence, after the Court is satisfied having regard to the requirements of tazkiyah al syuhud [questioning of the witnesses by the court] is guilty of an offense and shall be liable on conviction to hadd punishment as follows:
(a) for a first offense, amputation of his right hand from the joint of the wrist;
(b) for a second offense, amputation of his left foot up to the ankle; and
(c) for a third or subsequent offense, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 years.
The following is direct text from the Syariah Penal Code regarding homosexual relations (specifically sodomy):
Any person who commits liwat is guilty of an offense and shall be liable on conviction to the same punishment as provided for the offense of zina [sex outside of marriage].
(2) For the purposes of this Order, "liwat" means sexual intercourse between a man and another man or between a man and a woman other than his wife, done against the order of nature that is through the anus.
Earlier in the text, zina’s punishment is defined:
Any Muslim who commits zina and it is proved either by ikrar of the accused, or by syahadah of at least four syahid according to Hukum Syara' after the Court is satisfied having regard to the requirements of tazkiyah al syuhud, is guilty of an offense and shall be liable on conviction to hadd punishment as follows –
(a) if he is muhshan [a married Muslim man or woman], stoning to death witnessed by a group of Muslims; or
(b) if he is ghairu muhshan, whipping with 100 strokes witnessed by a group of Muslims and imprisonment for a term of one year.
The reactions to Brunei’s heinous policies have flooded in over the last several days.
The Daily Beast was provided with a statement from the State Department, which reads:
The United States is concerned with Brunei’s decision to implement Phases Two and Three of the Sharia Penal Code. Some of the punishments in the law appear inconsistent with international human rights obligations, including with respect to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. We have encouraged Brunei to ratify and implement the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which it signed in 2015, and to sign, ratify, and implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
World leaders have written condemnations, including government officials from Australia, New Zealand, Austria, and the United States. After actor George Clooney called for a boycott of Brunei-owned hotels around the world, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted:
Here are words I’ve never said before: I agree with George Clooney. Brunei’s laws criminalizing homosexuality — and imposing capital punishment — are immoral, barbaric & inhumane. We should stand united in condemning them & not give our $$ to those who perpetuate oppression.
Amnesty International’s Rachel Chhoa-Howard condemned the policies and urged the "international community" to do so as well:
Pending provisions in Brunei’s Penal Code would allow stoning and amputation as punishments – including for children, to name only their most heinous aspects. ...Brunei must immediately halt its plans to implement these vicious punishments, and revise its Penal Code in compliance with its human rights obligations. The international community must urgently condemn Brunei’s move to put these cruel penalties into practice.
Despite the international outcry, a March 30 press release from Brunei’s Prime Minister’s Office reads:
Brunei Darussalam is a sovereign Islamic and fully independent country and, like all other independent countries, enforces its own rule of laws. Brunei Darussalam has always been practising a dual legal system, one that is based on the Syariah Law and the other on Common Law.
In fully implementing the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO) 2013 from 3rd April 2019, both systems will continue to run in parallel to maintain peace and order and preserve religion, life, family and individuals regardless of gender, nationality, race and faith.
The Syariah Law, apart from criminalizing and deterring acts that are against the teachings of Islam, it also aims to educate, respect and protect the legitimate rights of all individuals, society or nationality of any faiths and race.
Additionally, a government website reports that the sultan himself has dug in his heels, stating that he "does not expect other people to accept and agree with it, but that it would suffice if they just respect the nation in the same way that it also respects them."
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) reports that there are eight nations in which homosexual acts are punishable by death. Brunei would seemingly be the ninth.


  1. The curse of an abomination of fake religion administered by a physco despot.
    The people will suffer what they allow.
    The leader should be fed to hungry pigs.

  2. Death by bunga bunga. Bunga bunga is getting f*cked in the ass.

    1. 'bunga bunga' means 'flowers' in Brunei!

  3. I guess Ms Lindsey Graham and Tom Cotton won't visiting Brunei anytime soon.