| Why Brunei’s implementation of sharia law is already forgotten - The hypocrisy of “international outrage”
| Sunday, April 28, 2019
BCF : Until recently, the Western world saw Brunei as just a tiny country on the island of Borneo.
|Sultan of Brunei|
The nation has some interesting quirks — such as Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s collection of 7 000 cars — but has gone largely unnoticed by the the majority of North Americans.
Then, on April 3, the Sultan’s government put into practice the final laws of a sharia, law-based penal code. Sex between men, anal sex, extramarital sex, and abortion now are punishable with death by stoning. Lesbian sex incurs 40 lashes and/or 10 years in prison. Rapists, blasphemers, and heretics can be executed. Thieves can be punished with amputation.
Some of these backward steps into medievalism also apply to
foreigners and non-Muslims, and to children who have reached puberty.
Children who have not reached puberty can be subjected to whipping.
This has made the Muslim-majority nation the subject of international outrage. Global Affairs Canada stated that Canada is “appalled” by the severe
penalties, which will “affect women and members of the LGBTQ2 community
in particular.” George Clooney called for a boycott of nine hotels owned by the
Brunei Investment Agency, which is headed by the Sultan. Ellen
DeGeneres, Elton John, and other celebrities have joined in the call.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, deputy Asia director for
Human Rights Watch, and a Brunei researcher at Amnesty International
have all raised their voices in protest. We should all be appalled, but no one should be surprised. As an
absolute monarchy that began implementing an Islamic penal code in 2014,
and has been ruled by decree in a state of emergency since a revolt in
1962, Brunei has never been a stronghold of democracy or human rights. The outrage is justified, but probably empty.
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|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 2:58 PM