Activists to ask Brunei envoy for repeal of full Sharia law

Activists to ask Brunei envoy for repeal of full Sharia law

Shocked by Sharia: Members of an LGBT group hold a rally to protest against Brunei’s imposition of full Sharia law, which punishes homosexual sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, outside the Brunei embassy in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)
Shocked by Sharia: Members of an LGBT group hold a rally to protest against Brunei’s imposition of full Sharia law, which punishes homosexual sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, outside the Brunei embassy in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

Local activists have requested a meeting with the Brunei ambassador over the tiny nation's endorsement of full Sharia law on April 3, according to which homosexual sex is punishable with death by stoning.

Sulaiporn Chonwilai, a representative of the Asean Civil Society Organizations, expressed concern over the potential violation of human rights following Brunei's full endorsement of Criminal Code Order 2018.

"The application of Sharia law has denigrated marginalised people, including women, children and youth, LGBTI, the underprivileged, religious minorities, and [others]," the group said in a statement.

The statement said Sharia law permits whipping and capital punishment.

"Countries that respect human rights should care for vulnerable people and those subject to violence and unfair treatment," the statement read.

The group called on the ambassador, HE Mr Haji Ismail bin Haji Abd Manap, to deliver this concern to his government in the hope it may reconsider.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticised Brunei for adopting the full Islamic Sharia law.


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