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30 mars 2019 | 15h45 UTC

Brunei: Government to implement stricter penal code April 3

Brunei Darussalam Alerte de sécurité

Brunei authorities to enact stricter punishments for social offenses on April 3

TIMEFRAME expected from 30/3/2019, 12h00 until 15/5/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Brunei). COUNTRY/REGION Brunei

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Event

Brunei will implement new changes to its penal code on Wednesday, April 3, that include harsh penalties for social offenses. New punishments will be enacted following the change including possible amputation for theft and stoning for sodomy and adultery. Many offenses are already outlawed, though the degree of enforcement varies. While most of the laws apply to Muslims in Brunei, potential infractions by non-Muslims are discouraged.

Context

Brunei is a very socially conservative monarchy that began implementation of an Islamic criminal code in 2014. The passage of the new penal code targeted social infractions including pregnancy out of wedlock and banned the sale of alcohol. The new changes were initially planned for 2014 but delayed due to international backlash.

Advice

Individuals in or traveling to Brunei are advised to familiarize themselves with changes to the criminal code, abide by local customs and behaviors, and adhere to instructions and advice issued by their home governments.

 

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