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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

New laws which have been introduced in Brunei means same sex couples could be stoned to death something which the Brunei Prime Minster has hailed a great achievement.

The terrifying laws are part of a number of legal changes which also mean those convicted of robbery or adultery could face having their limbs cut off.

The new laws came into effect on April 3rd.

The laws have come under much criticism from human rights bodies and the LGBTQ+ community.

Within Brunei it is now illegal for same sex marriage and anyone found to be part of the LGBTQ+ Community will face long term prison sentences.

Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei Researcher at Amnesty International, has demanded the country’s leadership reverse these changes.

She told the Mirror: “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.”

She added: “As well as imposing cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments, it blatantly restricts the rights to freedom of expression, religion, and belief, and codifies discrimination against women and girls.”

These laws have slowly been creeping in across across Brunei since it took a stricter stance on homosexuality in 2014 when they announced the introduction of Islamic criminal law.

They brought this law in gradually introducing it over three stages.

People would receive fines and prison sentences for pregnancy outside of marriage or if they failed to pray on Fridays.

The Prime Minster Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, hailed these laws a great achievement adding it was not fun but to Obey Allah’s command as written in the Quran.

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