Brunei responds to human rights outrage over Sharia

A Muslim man walks inside the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque to perform the sunset prayer in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, 1 April 2019Picture copyright
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Brunei mentioned the goal of implementing Sharia, or Islamic legislation, was to “educate and deter”

Brunei’s international ministry has mentioned implementing Sharia is about prevention reasonably than punishment, after intense criticism of its determination to implement the strict Islamic code.

Underneath the brand new legal guidelines, adultery and intercourse between males is punishable by stoning to loss of life.

Brunei mentioned there could be a excessive threshold for proof in these instances, suggesting punishment could be uncommon.

It comes after the UN known as the punishments “merciless and inhuman”.

Brunei has now despatched a response from Dato Erywan, the minister of international affairs, to the UN criticism saying Sharia legislation “focuses extra on prevention than punishment. Its goal is to teach, deter, rehabilitate and nurture reasonably than to punish”.

It additionally mentioned Sharia doesn’t criminalise primarily based on sexual orientation or perception, together with same-sex relations.

The criminalisation of “adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of household lineage and marriage of particular person Muslims, notably girls”, based on the assertion.

The choice to implement the strict Islamic legal guidelines sparked international condemnation, with celebrities together with George Clooney, Elton John and others calling for a boycott of the Dorchester Assortment group of resorts owned by Brunei’s funding company.

UK International Minister Jeremy Hunt mentioned on Thursday he had spoken to the Bruneian international minister who had advised that Sharia prosecutions have been, in observe, unlikely.

The assertion from Brunei’s international ministry is available in response to the United Nations’ criticism of the nation’s determination to implement the legal guidelines on three April.

The UN’s Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights despatched a letter on 1 April to the Brunei mission in Geneva warning that the deliberate implementation of the brand new legal guidelines contravened worldwide human rights requirements set out within the 1948 Common Declaration of Human Rights – which was ratified by Brunei in 2006.

Brunei went forward with the implementation of the brand new legal guidelines, underneath the continued phasing in of Sharia alongside widespread legislation, that made intercourse between males in addition to adultery punishable by stoning to loss of life.

The choice threw the tiny oil-rich South East Asian nation into the worldwide highlight and sparked worldwide outrage.

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