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Topic Reading-Vol.2587-5/12/2019

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2019/05/12 Topic Reading-Vol.2587-5/12/2019

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Brunei says it won’t enforce death penalty for gay sex

Brunei lies on the north coast of the island of Borneo, the world’s third-largest Asia’s largest island, which is shared by Malaysia and Indonesia. This small but oil-and-gas rich country with a population of only 420,000 became independent from the U.K. quite recently in 1984. It is a Muslim country and ruled and governed by the Sultan.

When this Muslim monarchy announced laws last month that would punish gay sex and adultery by stoning to death, it met an outcry from the world including human right activists and even celebrities. The Sultan might not have gotten or listened to the potential outcome of the laws before the announcement, but he became aware of the seriousness of the severe backlash quite soon. Though he didn’t withdraw the new law, he announced an extension of a moratorium of the death penalty. The death penalty could also be imposed for robbery and insult of the Prophet Muhammad in Brunei. It is unclear whether capital punishment could be executed on these crimes. But there is at least an absolute leader who listens to others and corrects a wrong course of action before too late.

Enjoy reading the article and learn about this small but rich country on the largest island in Asia.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48171165

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