” Barbaric Black Criminal Law” Stoning for gay sex and amputation for theft

‘Barbaric’ penalties in Brunei: Stoning for gay sex and amputation for theftBrunei “is a sovereign Islamic and fully independent country and, like all other independent countries, enforces its own rule of laws,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement Saturday.

A harsh new criminal law in Brunei — which includes death by stoning for sex between men or for adultery, and amputation of limbs for theft — went into effect Wednesday, despite an international outcry from other countries, rights groups, celebrities and students. Brunei, a tiny monarchy on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, based its new penal code on Shariah, Islamic law based on the Quran and other writings, though interpretations of Shariah can vary widely.

“Brunei’s new penal code is barbaric to the core, imposing archaic punishments for acts that shouldn’t even be crimes,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, a nongovernmental organization, said in a statement Wednesday.

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