George Clooney among celebs boycotting luxury hotels

05 April, 2019, 00:32 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah called for

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australia had raised concerns with the Brunei government over the new penal code.

The move by the oil-rich sultanate has also been met with calls for boycotts of luxury hotels owned by Brunei.

Deutsche Bank counts among the co-founders of the Partnership for Global LGBTIQ Equality consortium to promote greater inclusion for LGBTIQ in busines.

Despite heavy backlash from the worldwide community, Brunei, the small nation of about 450,000 people on the island of Borneo, went ahead with enacting its new Islamic criminal laws Wednesday, which makes gay sex punishable by stoning to death.

Celebrities such as Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres and George Clooney have denounced the new laws and have helped rally support for a boycott of nine hotels in the United States and Europe with ties to Hassanal.

Author of the petition LGBTQI+ activist Neil Pharaoh told SBS News that Royal Brunei was the only airline with landing rights in Australia where homosexuality is punishable by death. "The worldwide community must urgently condemn Brunei's move to put these cruel penalties into practice", said Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Amnesty International's Brunei Researcher.

Commonwealth Secretary General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC [Getty Images] She continued: "I have communicated my concern to the Government of Brunei, strongly urging it to reconsider the introduction of the punishments proposed under the new Penal Code which, if implemented in its current form, will potentially bring into effect cruel and inhuman punishments which contravene worldwide human rights law and standards".

The laws, described as "draconian" and "inhuman" by the UN's top human rights official, will mostly apply to the country's roughly two-thirds majority Muslims.


Brunei has introduced a law that allows gay people to be killed by stoning.

"But that is the reality for LGBTIQ Australians now Brunei has enacted laws that could see gay people stoned to death".

Harsh criminal and anti-LGBT laws went into effect on Wednesday in Brunei amid outcry from human rights groups and celebrities.

Protest against the Beverly Hills and Bel-Air Hotels began in 2014 when Brunei was first implementing Sharia law within the country.

The law will make sex between men punishable by stoning to death, while sex between women will incur a maximum punishment of 40 strokes of the cane or a 10-year jail term.

In her post, DeGeneres named and shamed the hotels owned and operated by the Brunei Investment Agency (an arm of the government), with the word "boycott" written in red writing above the list. Brunei Investment Agency, a government-owned corporation founded by 72-year-old Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, owns luxury hotels across the USA, United Kingdom and Europe, including both the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, The Dorchester in London and Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan.

The government announced on its website on Saturday that the new sharia law penal code would be coming into full effect on Wednesday.

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