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Sultan of Brunei Returns Honorary Oxford Degree After Backlash Over Anti-Gay Stoning Law

Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei (CC BY 3.0) The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, has returned an honorary degree from Oxford University following a petition campaign in the wake of the country’s anti-gay death by stoning law. Openly reports: “Nearly 120,000 people had signed a petition by April calling on Oxford University to rescind the honorary law degree awarded in 1993 to the sultan, the world’s second-longest reigning monarch and prime minister of the oil-rich country. Oxford University said the sultan had decided to hand back the honorary degree on May 6,...
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George Clooney and Ellen Celebrate Brunei Backtracking on Death Penalty for Gay Sex: ‘It’s Not Fixed Yet, But…’ — WATCH

George Clooney spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about his call for a boycott on the Dorchester Hotel group and other businesses that do business with Brunei, which recently backtracked on a death by stoning penalty for gay sex. “That doesn’t matter so much to a rich guy,” said Clooney of the boycotts. “You can’t shame bad people. But you can shame the people who do business with them. But when the banks and when the financial institutions started saying ‘we’re out of the Brunei business’ then backed off. And said put...
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George Clooney to maintain pressure on Brunei over anti-gay law

George Clooney has welcomed news that Brunei will not stone gay people to death, however the actor said he intends to maintain pressure on the small Asian country over its laws. Clooney made the comments after the Sultan of Brunei announced on Sunday (May 5) that the country would not subject gay people to the death penalty after global backlash to its new laws. The laws—which came into effect in early April—meant that gay men and those accused of adultery could be stoned to death as a part of Sharia...
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Gays Will Not Be Stoned to Death in Brunei as Sultan Blocks New Law – For Now

Cites International ‘Misconceptions’ International outrage appears to have temporarily halted Brunei’s new death penalty, by stoning, for being gay, part of the country’s adoption of Islamic law. Boycotts against hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei likely impacted the decision to not implement the death penalty, but that block is temporary, as CNN reports. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah delivered a speech on Sunday citing what he called “misconceptions” about the law, which would punish LBTQ people for being LGBTQ, or anyone convicted of the “crime” of engaging in sexual conduct with...
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