Brunei Will Not Use Death Penalty For Gay Sex Acts

sultan hassanal Bolkiah. Photo via the Pentagon

Following worldwide backlash and celebrity-led boycotts, Brunei’s leader has said the nation will not impose the death penalty for having gay sex.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a televised speech Sunday that he will prohibit the death penalty, according to CNN. The sultan also said the public misconstrued the laws, which caused “apprehension.” Bolkiah said despite his announcement on capital punishment, he stands by the roll out of the Islamic laws.

"Both the common law and the Syariah law aim to ensure peace and harmony of the country. They are also crucial in protecting the morality and decency of the public as well as respecting the privacy of individuals," he said. 

Still, LGBT people in Brunei are saying there is nothing that can stop the government from reinstating the death penalty, and they are not yet safe.


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