The Sultan of Brunei announced yesterday that a brutal penal code, based on Islamic Sharia Law, will be implemented in his nation in phases, with the end result being an absolute theocracy; thanking Allah in his announcement, the Sultan asserted that punishments supported in the Koran, including removal of limbs for theft and stoning to death for adultery and homosexuality, will be rolled out over a three year period, with non-Muslim Christians and Buddhists living under his rule being forced to comply.
"Under international law, stoning people to death constitutes torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and is thus clearly prohibited."
Rupert Colville - Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The United Nations [UN] has articulated its "deep concern" over the plan, while others have expressed fears not only for those of minority religions, but also women in general, due to the oppression and brutalization which often comes with Sharia enforcement; while rigid judicial oversight has been promised, critics point to examples of the brutality carried out where Sharia has been supported to justify their fears.
Sharia law to be enforced in #Brunei ~ will this included the rich & royal, or just everyone else? http://t.co/f1EcpFlg61
— Musa Furber (@musafurber) May 1, 2014
Brunei is a small country nestled on the island of Borneo, consisting of approximately 400,000 people; primarily an oil-based economy, considerable global investment (along with 60% of all food consumed) is imported, thus if Sharia is carried out to the extreme any entity which chooses to do business with this nation will need to be scrutinized and held to account.
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