Homosexuality and Adultery now a Crime Punishable by Law in Brunei

Updated On 28 Mar, 2019 Published On

The Government of Brunei has enacted a new law on 28th March 2019, which makes homosexuality, gay sex, and adultery a crime, which will be met with death by stoning, effective from next week.

Starting from 3rd April 2019 any individual found guilty being of gay and performing adultery will be stoned to death, as per the new regulations.


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The course of the punishment will be overseen by a group of Muslims.

Brunei's laws concerning homosexuality were announced back in 2014 and had been gradually put forward since then.

The final stage of the law's enactment, inclusive of the death penalty was announced on the country's attorney general's website on 29th December 2018.

The announcement in the website read as,

does not expect other people to accept and agree with it, but that it would suffice if they just respect the nation in the same way that it also respects them

The law was announced in 2014, by the Sultan of Brunie, Hassanal Bolkiah, who is also the Prime Minister of the country.

Rachel Chhoa Howard, Researcher at Amnesty International, Brunei said,

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

Brunei is a small country accommodated with 450,000 people in Southeast Asia.

Unlike its neighbors, Indonesia and Malaysia, Brunei has grown conservative over the years and has also banned the sale of alcohol within the country.