Brunei foreign minister tells Jeremy Hunt that they are ‘unlikely’ to execute gay people

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Brunei’s foreign minister has reportedly told UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt that the Sharia law enacted in the country is ‘unlikely’ to be practically implemented when it comes to executions for gay sex. Hunt posted about his meeting with Bruneian foreign minister Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof on Twitter where he said that during this conversation they could find a lot of common points, but the newly-implemented Sharia law was not one of them. The harsh new penal code requires death by stoning for gay men and lesbians are publicly whipped. The imposition of the new law was first announced in 2014, and was finally enacted this month regardless of the massive international boycotts of the country and the business owned by its sultan, in part nine hotels located in different parts of Europe and America. United Nations high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet branded the laws as “cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments.” The leader of the British Commonwealth even warned that it would cut ties with Brunei if the law was implemented, but it still came into action.

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