The New York Times reports, "A harsh new criminal law in Brunei - which includes death by stoning for sex between men or for adultery, and amputation of limbs for theft - went into effect on Wednesday, despite an global outcry from other countries, rights groups, celebrities, and students".
Sex between men was already illegal in Brunei and punishable with up to 10 years in jail.
On Tuesday, the US State Department joined the criticism, saying the laws run counter to Brunei's worldwide human rights obligations, "including with respect to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment". After all, in several Islamic Sharia law nations, the death penalty or prison applies to apostates, for non-Muslims who seek to spread their respective faith, for non-Muslim males who marry Muslim females, and other areas including homosexuality and lesbianism.
New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it has updated its travel advice for Brunei to more explicitly outline the possible use of the death penalty and physical punishments for a range of offences.
This is not the first time Hollywood has called for a boycott of the two hotels because of Brunei's punitive legal system.
Overall, the sharia law requires death by stoning for extramarital sex, anal sex, and abortion; and penalizes thieves by amputation of the right hand for the first offense and a left foot for the second. He announced the plans for his new code in 2013.
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"As a citywide elected official, I represent a diverse community of Angelenos, and I call on everyone to boycott the hotels owned by Brunei's royal family", LA Controller Ron Galperin said in a statement. "We need to do something now".
Fewer than 500,000 people live in the oil- and gas-rich nation, and the majority are Muslim, though the country also has sizable Christian and Buddhist minorities. "We will continue to advocate for human rights in the region & beyond", she wrote in a Tweet.
The revision of Brunei's penal code expands the crimes that can be punished by death to include rape, extramarital sex for Muslims, robbery, and insulting the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
The Brunei government is enacting a strict Sharia penal code that's, not only barbaric but is also violating multiple human rights liberties.
Virgin Australia, on Wednesday, confirmed it had severed its staff travel deal with the sultanate's national carrier over the new anti-gay laws.
More than a billion people live under anti-gay laws in the Commonwealth.