The Nation of Brunei is introducing a new Sharia Law penal code on April 3 that imposes the death penalty by stoning for rape, adultery, insulting Muhammad and for committing homosexual acts.
Brunei is a small, majority Sunni Muslim country located on the island of Borneo, and was a British protectorate for most of the 20th century.
Since their independence in 1984, the country has been adding more and more Islamic Sharia elements to their legal system, replacing the English common law left behind by the British monarchy. Alcohol is banned, and fines and jail sentences are handed out for not praying on Fridays.
Soon, Muslim homosexuals in Brunei will be dead men walking.
And of those having extramarital flings, how many of the executions will be of the second class women and not the men?
Looking for answers, I paid a visit to Brunei’s consulate in London to ask questions.
Brunei is still a Commonwealth country, and 2,000 British troops are stationed there. Brunei is a signatory to the Commonwealth Charter, which pledges that member states are “implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination”.
In 21st century Britain, are we prepared to let this discrimination, this series of punishments happen to our fellow Commonwealth citizens?