Brunei stoning for adultery and gay sex

I was absolutely appalled by this news, but I am pleased to see that the Brunei leadership have since backtracked on this decision.

The Government had expressed disappointment that hudud punishments under the Sharia Penal Code were introduced in Brunei on 3rd April. 

The UK strongly opposes capital and corporal punishment, whatever the crime. We strongly support LGBT+ rights and are clear that nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

The Foreign Secretary recently spoke to Brunei's Dato Erywan to express deep opposition to the introduction of Sharia law. The UK will always speak out to defend our values, including the freedom to be who you are and love without fear.

The Government of Brunei has reassured the UK that the Common Law will operate in parallel with the Sharia Penal Code and will continue to be the primary means of administering justice in Brunei. I urge Brunei to ensure that this is the case and to uphold its international human rights obligations.