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Brunei urged to respect human rights

The governments in Paris and Berlin call from Brunei to the observance of human rights. In the Sultanate of homosexuals to be sexual, and adulterers, in the future, according to Islamic law is punishable by death.

Germany and France are concerned, because the Sultanate of Brunei its penal code to toughen. They are calling on the country to respect human rights. In Berlin, the Ambassador of Brunei was at a meeting at the Federal foreign office. "We have expressed our concern in connection with the introduction of the Sharia criminal law to the expression," it said of the Federal government.

Hand in the event of theft

In Brunei, a recast criminal code will enter into force tomorrow. Among other things, homosexuals are sexual stoned to death, if they are Muslims. This applies to the majority of the inhabitants of the Sultanate. Also adultery is to be punished with death. Thieves should be amputated the right Hand and in the case of repetition the left leg.

From the French Ministry of foreign Affairs it was said that the new regulations are contrary to international obligations on human rights. The Sultanate should call the law and, since 1957, the prevailing moratorium on Executions maintained.

Yesterday, the UN human rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, the new Sharia-law as "cruel and inhuman".

Brunei is a small state on the island of Borneo, the two separate parts of the country by Malaysia and the South China sea.

criticism of George Clooney and Elton John

celebrities Also joined the Protest: The British pop star Elton John and American actor George Clooney called for a Boycott of nine luxury hotels, which are in the possession of the Sultanate in the UK, France, Italy and the United States. Human rights groups Brunei to call the Saudi Arabia of Southeast Asia. Saudi Arabia is dominated by Wahhabism, a particularly strict and traditional interpretation of Islam.

Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, is considered to be one of the richest men in the world.

The Sultan of is considered to be one of the richest men in the world. Brunei, on the island of Borneo benefits of Oil and gas resources. The country has around 430,000 inhabitants, of which 80% profess to Islam. The health care and education is praised as exemplary.

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