MPs demand Oxford University to revoke the Sultan of Brunei’s degree

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Two Oxfordshire MPs have urged Oxford University to revoke the Sultan of Brunei’s honorary degree as a petition to the world-leading institution tops 50,000 signatures amid the backlash around the Sharia law implementation in Brunei. Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran and Labour MP Anneliese Dodds wrote a letter to vice chancellor Louise Richardson stating that it was a duty of the university to break all ties to hate, discrimination, prejudice, cruelty and bigotry. Their letter, which was also addressed to registrar Gillian Aitken, comes after a petition calling on Oxford University to revoke the academic honor topped more than 50,000 signatures. However, the university representatives claimed not to be responsible for the petition and gave no approval to it. The statement on the university’s behalf read that while it condemned Brunei’s new penal code, “at present, the university has not taken any decision on rescinding the Sultan of Brunei’s 1993 Honorary Degree of Civil Law by Diploma.”

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