Brunei is on the verge of implementing a new law that would stone to death anyone accused of having same-gender sexual relationships or any woman found to have committed adultery. Stoning is literally people throwing rocks at a person until they die, it is a slow and torturous way to die and no one deserves it, ever.
This is truly heinous. First of all, being gay or being a woman who cheated on her husband is not a crime that needs to be tried in the public given that neither is a threat to society. Second of all, no one should be punished with violence for any crime! Not to mention the law about adultery only applies to women and not men — this double standard is maddening.
This law has been decried by international human rights groups as a terrible abuse, while actor George Clooney has called on people to boycott Brunei-owned hotels in America and Europe.
We the undersigned demand the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, reject these Sharia law penalties and commit to safeguarding all his citizens.