Rector wants sultan's degree revoked over stoning gay people

Hotel Eden in Rome belongs to the Dorchester Collection owned by the Brunei Investment Agency

The move was announced quietly by a small commencement notification on a Brunei government website on December 29 previous year, Efe news reported.

The small oil-rich nation had said it would complete the roll-out of sharia laws on Wednesday to include those crimes that are deemed punishable by amputation or death.

The nine hotels are some of the most exclusive in the world and make up the Dorchester Collection, owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, an arm of the government.

Deutsche Bank counts among the co-founders of the Partnership for Global LGBTIQ Equality consortium to promote greater inclusion for LGBTIQ in busines.

The tough penal code in the tiny country on tropical Borneo island - ruled by the all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah - will fully come into force following years of delays.

Yesterday, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, rolled out new Sharia law punishments that imposed death by stoning or whipping for people who engage in gay sex or adultery.

In Amnesty International's Death Sentences and Executions in 2017 report, Brunei issued one death sentence in 2017 but has not executed anyone since 1957, when the country was still a British protectorate.

"We continue to encourage Brunei to ratify and implement the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which it signed in 2015, and to sign, ratify, and implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights", Palladino said.

An honorary degree awarded to the Sultan of Brunei by Aberdeen University is now under review after his country plans to implement a law which sees gay sex punishable by death.

"The statement from the prime minister's office last weekend on (the code's) implementation prevails, hence (April 3) marks the date of its implementation", a religious affairs ministry official told AFP.

Ellen DeGeneres, George Clooney and other high-profile celebrities have called for a boycott of Brunei-owned hotels in protest to these additions to the penal code.

The law mostly applies to Muslims, including children who have reached puberty, though some aspects will apply to non-Muslims.

Harsh criminal and anti-LGBT laws went into effect on Wednesday in Brunei amid outcry from human rights groups and celebrities.

These include The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London, Hotel Eden in Rome, Milan's Hotel Principe di Savoia and Coworth Park near Ascot, U.K. On Thursday the company, Australia's second-biggest airline after Qantas, sent an email to employees explaining the new sharia code, which came into effect on Wednesday, applies to Muslims, non-Muslims and foreigners "even when transiting on Brunei-registered aircraft and vessels".

But the new code stipulates death by stoning as a punishment for sex between men, while women convicted of having sexual relations with other women face up to 40 strokes of the cane or a maximum 10-year jail term.

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