- Brunei has extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation prohibiting sax-sex relationships and adultery. The moratorium comes in the backdrop of global backlash against the country led by international human rights groups and celebrities.
- In April, Brunei had introduced Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO), the first country in Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level. The country had first introduced Sharia law in 2014, giving it a dual legal system with both Sharia and Common Law.
- Some features of the SPCO are (a) It makes adultery and homosexuality punishable by stoning to death.(b)It also stipulates the death penalty for rape, sodomy, robbery and insulting or defaming the Prophet Muhammad (c)It also cover a range of other crimes, including punishment for theft by amputation and (d)It also introduces public flogging as punishment for abortion and criminalises exposing Muslim children to the beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.
- United Nations had labelled the Sharia law as cruel, inhumane and amounting to torture and breach international human rights agreements.
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