On April 3, gay sex will be punished with death by stoning in Brunei.
Homosexuality is already illegal in Brunei, but the new provisions to the penal code would allow punishments like whipping and stoning, according to the New York Times. This has caused a public outcry from activist and human rights organizations.
“To legalize such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself,” Rachel Chhoa-Howard, a researcher at Amnesty International told the Times. “Some of the potential ‘offenses’ should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender.”
A person can only be convicted of having gay sex if there were multiple Muslim witnesses, though the law will also apply to non-Muslims, the Times reported.