Brunei foreign minister tells Jeremy Hunt gay executions are ‘unlikely’

Brunei foreign minister tells Jeremy Hunt gay executions are ‘unlikely’
Source: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/04/11/brunei-gay-stoning-death/

Brunei’s foreign minister has reportedly told UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt that gay people are “unlikely” to be stoned to death despite the country’s new anti-LGBT+ laws.

Hunt posted about his meeting with Bruneian foreign minister Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof on Twitter where he said: “Just had the Bruneian foreign minister to my office to drive home the UK’s shock at new Sharia law. We work well together on many issues, but profoundly disagree on this.

“His suggestion that Sharia prosecutions are in practice unlikely is not acceptable: everyone should be free to be who they are and love who they want,” he continued.

PinkNews contacted a representative of the Conservative politician this evening for comment, however Hunt’s office had not released a transcript or further comment at the time of publishing.

Brunei introduced death by stoning for gay people and adulterers last week

Hunt’s meeting with Brunei’s foreign minister comes just a week after the small Asian country introduced its new Sharia laws.

The harsh new penal code requires death by stoning for gay sex or adultery, while lesbian sex is punished by 100 lashes with a whip.

The imposition of the new law was first announced in 2014, and was finally enacted this month despite condemnation from human rights chiefs.

“His suggestion that Sharia prosecutions are in practice unlikely is not acceptable: everyone should be free to be who they are and love who they want.”

– Jeremy Hunt

United Nations high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet branded the laws as “cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments.”

Brunei foreign minister says gay executions are ‘unlikely’ despite new law
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Queen Saleha (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty)

Bachelet had said: “I appeal to the Government to stop the entry into force of this draconian new penal code, which would mark a serious setback for human rights protections for the people of Brunei if implemented.”

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