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Peter Tatchell slams Australia's Prime Minister's silence after Brunei invoke capital punishment for gay sex

The human rights activist has called for the Australian government to suspend diplomatic relations with the Asian kingdom

2019-04-03

Peter Tatchell has slammed Australia’s Prime Minister’s silence after the Sultan of Brunei introduced capital punishment for gay sex.

Starting today (April 3), the tiny southeast Asian kingdom – which follows a strict Sharia penal code – are set to implement a law where gay men and adulterers will face capital punishments including amputation, stoning and whipped to death.

Following the news, many celebrities and leaders of the world have called for a boycott of Brunei-owned businesses including many hotels in London and Beverly Hills.

But Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison – who recently backtracked on his promise to remove discrimination exemptions for LGBTQ+ students in schools - has remained silent on the matter.

And now, LGBTQ+ and human rights activist Peter Tatchell has slammed Morrison’s silence and said he should publicly condemn the ‘heinous law’.

He told QN Magazine: “Scott Morrison’s silence so far is shocking. He should give a lead by publicly condemning this heinous law and by urging the Sultan of Brunei to rescind it.

“The Australian government should warn Brunei that it will suspend diplomatic relations and economic ties if this law is implemented.”