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Brunei's new anti-LGBT laws

April 3, 2019 11:45 PM
Originally published by North West Liberal Democrats

Jo SwinsonJo Swinson, Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, has today condemned new anti-LGBT laws in Brunei and warned the UK Government must no longer "cosy up to the Brunei regime."

The new laws, that will come into force on Wednesday, also cover a range of crimes from making sex between men punishable by stoning to death, to punishment for theft by amputation.

Jo Swinson said:"Stoning is barbaric and inhumane. Let's be clear: this means people having rocks thrown at their head again and again to draw out the process of death by blunt trauma.

"LGBT+ rights are human rights, and the defence of them should be central to the UK's foreign and trade policy. The Conservative Government should not be trying to cosy up to the Brunei regime while its LGBT+ citizens are fearing for their lives."