Brunei seeks to impose death penalty for citizens declaring themselves non-Muslim

Sultan of Brunei, 12/2013Few want to hear the truth, but here is the inevitable end of strict Islamic law or sharia/ shariah. Is the sultan of Brunei a “radical Muslim?” Is the entire country to be considered “radical” and “extremist?” Or is he simply following Islamic fundamentalism to its natural conclusion?

Let us recall this example whenever we hear the rabblerousing for allowing Islam to spread freely – again, this fanaticism and that increasingly of supposed “moderate” Muslim countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia are the unavoidable result of Islamic domination in any area. We can see this matter of course occurring from Arabia east and west, and now encroaching globally.

It’s just not that difficult to comprehend. Forewarned is forearmed. This sort of oppression will not end with Brunei, just as it did not with Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, parts of India, Bangladesh, Sudan and so on.

Let us also remember that because of his country’s oil reserves, the sultan has been deemed the world’s wealthiest individual on a number of occasions. That fact means he has considerable resources to impose his will, not only in Brunei but also abroad.

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UN criticises Brunei over sharia

The UN human rights office on Friday criticised Brunei’s planned introduction of the death penalty for a raft of new offences, as part of a shift to harsh Islamic punishments in the oil-rich sultanate.

“We are deeply concerned about the revised penal code in Brunei Darussalam, due to come into force later this month, which stipulates the death penalty for numerous offences,” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights.

He told reporters these offences include rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, but also crimes such as robbery and murder.

The death sentence could also be imposed for defamation of the Prophet Mohammed, insulting any verses of the Koran and Hadith, blasphemy, and declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim, he said.

“Application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offences contravenes international law,” he added.

Brunei has not carried out any executions since 1957, but Colville said that rather than adding new capital crimes to its books, the sultanate should be working to abolish the death penalty outright.

Brunei’s all-powerful Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, announced last October that the country would phase in Islamic sharia law punishments such as flogging and death by stoning.

The new criminal code, expected to enter into force on April 22, also introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for rape, adultery, sodomy and extramarital sexual relations.

Colville said that international law classified stoning as “torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”, meaning it is banned under global human rights treaties.

UN studies have shown that women are more likely to be sentenced to death by stoning, due to entrenched discrimination and stereotyping in the justice system, he noted.

Criminalising consensual sex between adults, let alone applying the death penalty for it, breaches a series of rights, while the new code also violates freedom of religion, opinion and expression, Colville added.

Brunei practices a more conservative form of Islam than neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, banning the sale and public consumption of alcohol and closely restricting other religions.

The sultan has advocated the strengthening of Islam in the country, against what he calls potentially harmful outside influences, recently calling his Islamic monarchy a “firewall” against globalisation.

Officials have previously said sharia cases would require an extremely high burden of proof and judges would have wide discretion applying it.

Further Reading

What is sharia or Islamic law?
Petition to protect nonbelievers from blasphemy laws

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  1. For any man to justify killing another in the name of what they say “God said…”, they should as well be ready to prove when they saw God or get a direct message from Him or Her. What I certainly know is that they are all just fighting to divert mankind’s attention from evil to good using religion as a social tool for such transition. LET MANKIND WAKE UP AND FACE THIS REALITY!

    On the other hand, what constitutes such evil or goodness that they fight to eradicate or uphold [respectively], is, in fact circumstancial and, for me, should be judged on a scale of a populous acceptance or rejection. SO, LET NO MAN WHO IS CONSCIOUS OF THIS OR HEARS IT FOR THE FIRST TIME, FORCE PEOPLE TO HIS OR HER OWN WILL IN THE NAME OF “WHAT GOD SAID”.

    P.

    1. You think the Sultan of Brunei is trying to “divert mankind’s attention from evil to good”? Seriously?

      And, you believe that what is evil or good “should be judged by populous acceptance or rejection”? Seriously?

  2. It’s sad that even in this day and age there are places in the world where one can be executed for simply not agreeing with some belief system.
    The sultan of Brunei claims he’s protecting his land against “harmful outside influences” but he and his bigoted views are a far more harmful influence than any of the outside influences he speaks of.

  3. It’s sad that even in this day and age there are places in the world where one can be executed for simply not agreeing with some belief system.

    The sultan of Brunei claims he’s protecting his land against “harmful outside influences” but he and his bigoted views are a far more harmful influence than any of the outside influences he speaks of.

  4. “Fundamentalism” is a subjective term. ALL religions are fundamentally fascist in that they teach people to look up to the powers that be for truth and justice, while denigrating human reason. They “hijack” all the good moral teachings which are created by humans, and brainwash the people into thinking that human reason could not have created these — only divine inspiration could have done so. Of course, no lowly subject can claim divine inspiration without taking a big risk, so people end up believing the equivalent of Romans 13 — that the powers that be are ordained by God — and that therefore THEY must be receiving all the good “divine guidance” and inspirations.

    1. Is that one of those “all religions are equally bad” equivocations? I’d like to hear about the other “equally bad” religions that slaughter 2 people per hour, 24/7/365, in the name of their religions. And, I’d like to hear about the other “equally bad” religions that have committed 22,853+ terror attacks since 9/11 in the name of their religions. I’d also like to hear about the other religions that slaughter as many people each and every year as were slaughtered in the 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition. Lastly, I’d like to hear about the other “equally bad” religions that have slaughtered 270 million – 400 million people in the name of their religions during the past 1,400 years.

    2. I wonder how subjective it will be when the Islamic sword is coming down on your neck and you’re screaming through your own blood for some objective guy like me to save you?

  5. The Sultan of Brunei is such a detestable little Islamic maggot and poor excuse of a man. We should destroy his rule, take his oil, then give him a little bitty desert island with some coconuts and a few rocks.

  6. What a sad little backward country. You would think that in the 21st century Monarchies are a thing in the past. Sadly, some parts of the world decides to stay in the past and rot. Give 50 more years, and when the oil runs out , I would bet all my moneythat the country will fall back into the dark ages.

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