|Brunei's Sultan Bolkiah.|
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said all races should unite under Sharia law. He said introduction is 'a great achievement and not a backward step'. Harsh penalties include stoning for adultery and amputation for theft. Punishments can be applied to non-Muslim residents of Brunei.
The sultan of Brunei has rejected foreign criticism of the countty’s impending introduction of a form of strict Islamic Sharia law, saying it is not a backwards step. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said all races should unite under Sharia law and that the new penal code was a 'great achievement' for the small Southeast Asian nation.
Starting in April, Brunei will begin implementing a version of Sharia that allows for penalties such as amputation for theft and stoning for adultery.
|Brunei's Sharia Law's Strict procedure for stoning to death a condemned female (woman or girl).|
Public criticism of the government is extremely rare in the country, but some citizens have turned to the Internet to express alarm at the law. Around one-third of Brunei's 440,000 people are non-Muslims, mostly Christian or Buddhist Chinese.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah told legislators Thursday that all races should unite and support the laws, which he said were a 'great achievement for the country, and not a backward or old-fashioned step.'
The Sultan is implementing a version of Sharia that allows for penalties such as amputation for theft and stoning for adultery. The plans have alarmed international human rights groups, but Bolkiah said 'people outside of Brunei should respect us in the same way that we respect them.'
Brunei is a conservative country where alcohol is banned and Muslim courts already govern family affairs. Officials have said that punishments under the new laws will not be carried out until around 2017. Muslims in next door Malaysia are subject to a limited form of Islamic law that does not include amputation or capital punishment, as does Aceh province on the western tip of Indonesia.
Brunei’s push to introduce Sharia law and deliver the extremely wealthy Muslim sultanate into legal territory more akin with Taliban thinking has been ruled incompatible with international human rights law by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
|Muslims do not give a damn on Human Rights.|
(Gang-raped and murdered this Syrian Christian
woman could be better of being stoned.)