Brunei Says Death Penalty Is Meant For “Prevention” Of Gay Sex

Brunei. photo via Kurun, wikimedia commons

Brunei set new laws in place earlier this month, making gay sex punishable by death by stoning. After the United Nations called the laws “cruel and inhuman,” Brunei issued a response.

According to BBC, Brunei’s minister of foreign affairs said in a statement that the laws are “focused more on prevention than punishment.” To be punished by death, at least two Muslim men would have to witness the sex act. This would make punishment rare, according to the statement.

The criminalization of "adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage of individual Muslims, particularly women,” the statement said.

The statement also said Brunei does not criminalize a person based on their sexual orientation, but right afterward, it said they will be convicted if a Muslim person commits sodomy.


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