We can’t tolerate death by stoning

File: A woman demonstrates against stoning and execution on August 13, 2010 outside Berlin’s landmark the Brandenburg Gate.

Can two legal systems which are diametrically opposed exist side by side? How can we be tolerant of two completely opposite ideas? How can we be tolerant of homosexuality and adultery whilst at the same time being tolerant of Sharia law that requires public stoning for such activities? Quote.

Brunei is to begin imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex and adultery from next week, as part of the country?s highly criticised implementation of sharia law.

[…] sharia law is to be rolled out from next week, specifically targeting the gay community […]

From 3 April, individuals in the tiny southeast Asian kingdom will be subject to a draconian new penal code, which also includes the amputation of a hand and a foot for the crime of theft. The capital punishments are to be ?witnessed by a group of Muslims.?

Brunei, which has adopted a more conservative form of Islam in recent years, first announced back in 2014 its intention to introduce sharia law, the Islamic legal system which imposes strict corporal punishments. It was a directive of the Sultan of Brunei, who is one of the world?s richest leaders with a personal wealth of about $20bn and has held the throne since 1967.

Alcohol is already banned in Brunei and there are fines and jail sentences for having children out of wedlock and failing to pray on a Friday. However, a heavy international backlash against Brunei imposing some of the more brutal sharia punishments has slowed their full implementation over the past five years.

Brunei was a British colony until 1984 and the two countries still enjoy strong ties. Homosexuality had been illegal in Brunei since British colonial rule but under the new laws it is now punishable by death rather than prison, which will also apply to sodomy, adultery and rape.

The announcement that sharia law is to be rolled out from next week, specifically targeting the gay community, was met with horror by human rights groups. Amnesty International urged Brunei to ?immediately halt? implementing the new penalties, which they said were ?deeply flawed?.

?To legalise such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself,? Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement, adding that some of the potential offences ?should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender?.

The sharia law would apply only to Muslims, who make up about two-thirds of the population. End quote.

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