Brunei Begins Implementing Horrific Sharia Law that Targets Gay People, What Can LGBT Travelers Do?

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Image via Passport.

The oil-rich kingdom of Brunei became the first East Asian country to adopt sharia law that would require the punishment, by way of flogging, dismemberment, or death by stoning, for those who are guilty of adultery, rape, and sodomy. The Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah announced the official adoption of the laws, despite a brief delay, via the country’s website. “Today… I place my faith in and am grateful to God the almighty to announce that tomorrow, Thursday May 1, will see the enforcement of sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases,” Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said.  “LGBT citizens in many countries around the world remain persistent targets of harassment, arrest, violence, and torture for simply being who they are,” said Ty Cobb, director of Global Engagement at the Human Rights Campaign.  “The decision by the government of Brunei to soon become the 8th nation to allow the death penalty against LGBT people is horrific and sickening.”

What you can do as an LGBT traveler? Click here to find out what the Dorchester Collection (which is owned by the Sultan) has to say and decide for yourself whether to boycott the brand as others are doing at The Beverly Hills Hotel, including Sharon Osbourne and Ellen DeGeneres.   

The anti-gay laws in Brunei must be condemned by one and all. Whatever it takes, boycotts, seizure of property, and/or the freezing of assets, we must not allow the Sultan of Brunei to murder gay people for expressing their love.

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