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International outrage over Bruneian death penalty law for LGBT people
"Even before syariah law, LGBT+ people could be prosecuted under civil law," Zoe told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which is identifying her by only one name for her protection.
The laws, elements of which were first adopted in 2014, could see LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and related communities) people whipped or stoned to death for same-sex activity. Some aspects of the laws will apply to non-Muslims.
"It is seriously regrettable that Brunei's decision contravenes a number of international norms on human rights," New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters said in a statement on Sunday (March 31).
The Thompson Reuters Foundation has also listed some of the worst countries for sexual minorities:
The move will make it the seventh country to impose the death penalty for same-sex relationships, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). Many more criminalise homosexuality.Shouldn't this worry us? Normally, yes. So, what is the reason why are they still in there? I demand their permanent and immediate exclusion from the United Nations until they revoke their discriminating and outright inhumane legislature.
1. Six United Nations member states already impose the death penalty for consensual same-sex acts - Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria, Sudan and Somalia. Mauritanian law allows for a sentence of death by stoning, but the country has a de facto moratorium on capital punishment.
8. The United States has moved to roll back protections for LGBT+ people under President Donald Drumpf, whose administration also hopes to bar many trans people from serving in the military.
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