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The world reacts to stricter sharia law in Brunei

The new punishment laws, based on sharia law, it was announced already in 2014, Brunei's sultan Hassanal Bokliah and has been rolled out subsequently since then. On Wednesday toughening the penalties for homosexuality, among other things, means that LGBTQ people should be whipped and stoned to death, writes, inter alia, to Reuters. Homosexuality is punished today by 10 years in prison in Brunei.

also fines or imprisonment for extramarital pregnancies and for those who do not participate in the obligatory Friday prayer, writes Reuters.

the Laws have upset many. The human rights organisation Amnesty International demands that the country immediately to stop the reintroduction of the laws, according to CNN.

The controversial decision has raised a strong opposition among politicians the world over. U.S. department of state says that they strongly oppose ”violations of human rights and violence against LGBT people”.

New Zealand's former prime minister Helen Clark calls the implementation to the ”barbaric” on Twitter and the former united states vice-president Joe Biden tweeted:

”There is no excuse – neither culture, or tradition – for this kind of hatred and inhumanity.”

also Brunei. The american film star George Clooney urges all to boycott the luxury hotels in the united states, France, Italy and the united kingdom that is owned by an investment company with ties to Brunei's sultan.

”Every time we live there, or have a meeting or eat a meal at any of these nine hotels, we will give money directly to the men who choose to stone or whip to death their own citizens because they are gay or accused of adultery,” he writes in a column in Deadline Hollywood.

British artist Elton John writes in a statement referenced by the Deadline:

”Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is simply wrong and has no place in any society.”

But Brunei has no plans to stop the law because of international pressure, according to a statement from the prime minister on Saturday.

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