The government of Brunei Darussalam has implemented the Sharpening Penalty for LGBT people (lesbian / homosexual / bisexual / transgender) in the country. This punishment will also be applied to adulterers in the country which began in 2014. Brunei has replaced the State Criminal Law by applying the Sharia Law.
As reported by the Huffington Post last week, the Sultanate of Brunei has revised the country's criminal law and replaced it with Sharia Law. In the new law, execution by stoning will be applied to adulterers, extramarital relations, rape, and sodomy commonly practiced by gays.
The death penalty will also be given on charges of blasphemy of Al-Qur'an and Hadith verses, claiming the Prophet, and murder. The revision of this law has been enacted since Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
The decision of the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah government was condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UHCHR). In his statement, UHCHR Commissioner Rupert Colville said that the death penalty for so-called acts was a violation of international law.
"We urge the government to postpone the implementation of the revised law and carry out a comprehensive review to ensure compliance with international human rights standards," Colville said.
Protests have also been conveyed by LGBT groups (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual), Gill Action, by canceling the convention which is planned to be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, USA, 1-4 May. The hotel belongs to the Dorchester Group controlled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
Although applying the death penalty in its law, execution has never been carried out in Brunei since 1957. UHCHR urged the Sultanate of Brunei to carry out a formal moratorium on executions and stop it.
Especially for Muslims
The implementation of Sharia Law was announced by the Bolkiah Sultan in 2014. This punishment will only apply to Muslims in the country, which amounts to one third of the total population of 420,000 people.
"This is because we need God Almighty, with all His mercy, to have created law for us, so that we can uphold justice," Bolkiah said at the time.
In addition to stoning, Sharia crimes contain the penalty of cutting off hands for thieves. But to implement this law is not as easy as imagined, there are strict rules.
Hand cuts will only be dropped for stolen items reaching a value or more than a quarter of a dinar (4.25 grams of gold). Less than that is prison. While the stoning law was only applied to married adulterers, four male witnesses who saw adultery were clearly present.
Meanwhile, those who are not married will be sentenced to 100 lashes. Whip punishment is also given for consuming khamr or liquor.