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Brunei has defended the death penalty against homosexuals

The Sultanate of Brunei has defended the internationally violently criticized the introduction of the death penalty against homosexuals in a letter to the European Parliament. It is requested in Writing to respect the traditional values of the country.

The "Guardian" quoted from a four-page letter from the Sultanate to members of the European Parliament, in which it was said that Stoning as a punishment for same-sex Sex would be rare, because two men of "high moral rank, and piety" as a witness. In view of the desire of the country to preserve its traditional values and its "family line", call it "tolerance, respect and understanding".

On 3. April had come into force in the Sultanate of tougher criminal laws in force. Were also increases the penalties for theft: in the Future, thieves have to expect them to be amputated hands and legs. This is based on the Sharia, which regulates in a broad sense, the religious and legal norms in Islam.

criticism just a misunderstanding?

In the "Guardian" quoted the letter it was said that the international criticism was due to a misunderstanding. "The criminalization of adultery and fornication is to ensure the inviolability of the family line, and the marriage of different Muslims, especially women." The European Parliament had called, according to the report, last week, the freezing of assets, to consider Visa bans and a black list of Hotels. Among other things, the actor George Clooney had asked, and boycotting Hotels owned by the Sultan.

In the Sultanate on the island of Borneo, are two-thirds of the more than 420'000 inhabitants of the Muslim faith. For some time, conservative Islamic forces are on the rise. Gays and lesbians are oppressed in the former British colony for a Long time. So far sexual relationships were homosexual up to ten years in prison. (chk/sda)

Created: 23.04.2019, 02:30 PM

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