Same Sex Acts Punishable by Death in Brunei Effective as of April 3, 2019

Anyone who is caught engaging in sexual acts with someone of the same gender — as well as convicted of the acts of adultery and rape — in Brunei may be punished by being stoned to death when a provision in the penal code of the tiny country becomes effective as of Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Same Sex Acts Punishable by Death in Brunei Effective as of April 3, 2019

In addition, anyone convicted of robbery may be sentenced to amputation — and children are reportedly not exempt from the provision, which is the implementation of the third phase of the Syariah Penal Code in Brunei.

“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”, according to this article written by Rachel Chhoa-Howard, who is the Brunei Researcher at Amnesty International. “To legalize such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself. Some of the potential ‘offences’ should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender. These abusive provisions received widespread condemnation when plans were first discussed five years ago.”

Ironically officially known as the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, this country of greater than 425,000 people is located on the northern part of the island of Borneo and is divided into two parts — both of which are surrounded by the eastern part of Malaysia and the South China Sea.

People have been calling on a boycott of traveling to Brunei and any hotel and resort properties owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, who is the current sultan and and Yang di-Pertuan of the controversial nation.

“The new laws under Common Law and the Sharia Criminal Code have been on the books since 2014. They will apply to all people in Brunei, regardless of nationality or religion”, according to this article written by Martin J Cowling of Wild About Travel. “Brunei has drawn widespread criticism for the implementation of these punitive laws. Politicians globally have attacked the plans and raised concerns with Brunei, a tiny nation which abuts Malaysia. The country is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah who is both King and Prime Minister. There are no democratic elections conducted there. They are a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.”


I may be the least likely person to engage in sexual acts with other men; but in no way do I consider homosexuality a crime. What a person does behind a bedroom door is his or her business…

…and although I believe that discretion should be exercised in general, I do not believe that people who publicly engage in acts of sexuality should be stoned to death.

Hassanal Bolkiah may not agree with homosexuality, and that is his right — but as a world leader, he is expected to set an example by which others follow…

…and regardless of how much power he may possess, he has no right in infringe upon the basic human rights of anyone else — period.

Laws are necessary to either punish people who are guilty of committing a crime — or to deter crime from occurring in the first place — but the punishment must fit the crime. Amputation of a person convicted of robbery is rather extreme, in my opinion.

In any event, I have no plans to visit Brunei or patronize any hotel or resort properties which are owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, who is definitely not a Sultan of Swing.

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12 thoughts on “Same Sex Acts Punishable by Death in Brunei Effective as of April 3, 2019”

  1. Chris@Oak says:

    And….Iran, Malaysia; Indonesia; Saudi Arabia; Nigeria; Sudan; Iraq; Kuwait;….+ 50 more

    Hmmm. What’s the common denominator?
    -Aloha Snackbar

    1. Chip Chopworth says:

      Allahu ahkbar.

      The religion of peace so we are told.

      Blind Squirrel

  2. Christian says:

    Instituting medieval laws in this day and age is just unacceptable. I’ll certainly avoid the country in the future.

    1. AGJ says:

      These are not “medieval laws”. I’m not saying the punishment is correct but I don’t have an issue with it being considered a crime there my religion – which is not the same one as practiced in the country being reported) considers it a crime too (since it’s forbidden in the Bible as an abomination). Just because America has lost its way on this issue doesn’t mean that it’s OK to have “sexual” relations with someone of the same gender.

      1. Mike says:

        “Any discussion about what the bible does or doesn’t condone is a distraction.
        The US is not an theocracy and religious texts shouldn’t be used as the basis for or justification of public policy. Ever.”

        The Church of Satan

  3. Tom says:

    “exit only” MAGA

  4. Debit says:

    Do they have cameras in hotel rooms or are the gays engaging in public acts of sex?

  5. Amy E. says:

    “Sultan of swing”….Badum tiss

  6. GUWonder says:

    Barbaric laws with their barbaric ways. Whether it’s the death penalty for extra-marital sex, for murder or anything else, it’s messed up. All in a world where countries like mine have launched wars that have killed hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in the name of some supposed good or another within just the last 50 years. One way or another states or rulers with too much power unleash barbarity onto the undeserving and try to provide cover to barbarism — said by me on a weekend where our President is trying to provide favor, cover and protection to a war criminal whose fellow Americans turned him into American military justice authorities for barbarism against the rules of war. So while I will give Brunei its due criticism, I have to keep it in perspective when what needs fixing most is closer to home and my right to try to change a system to a less unjust system is more peacefully achievable at home than abroad if only because we have a greater right and responsibility to fix our own backyard than trying to fix other people’s countries.

  7. Chris@Oak says:

    Best avoid another Sharia zone, Minnesota Congressional Dist #5. Let’s hope Omar doesn’t get on the House Transportaion Committee.
    -Aloha Snackbar

    1. Chip Chopworth says:

      WTF were they thinking electing such an abomination?

      It’s the liberals…always trying to show how intelligent they are by electing based on identity vs policy. Relieves them of their white privilege guilt.

      Blind Squirrel

  8. John says:

    Until recently, scotus overruled laws that are still on the books of various states making sodomy illegal.

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