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Ardern: Brunei's new death penalty for gay sex 'fly in the face' of human rights

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Published on April 4, 2019 - Duration: 00:39s

Ardern: Brunei's new death penalty for gay sex 'fly in the face' of human rights

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern denounces Brunei's decision to implement Islamic laws that would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality.

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Ardern: Brunei's new death penalty for gay sex 'fly in the face' of human rights

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern denounced Brunei's decision to implement Islamic laws that would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality on Thursday (April 4).

Brunei, a Muslim-majority former British protectorate with a population of around 400,000, on Wednesday (April 3) began implementing Sharia laws, which punish sodomy, adultery and rape with the death penalty - including by stoning, and theft with amputation.

Ardern said the new laws "fly in the face" of New Zealand principles on inclusion, human rights and the death penalty.

She said that the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters, made New Zealand's views very clear.

Brunei has defended its right to implement the laws, elements of which were first adopted in 2014 and which have been rolled out in phases since then.

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 72, is the world's second-longest reigning monarch and is prime minister of the oil-rich country.

He ranks as one of the world's wealthiest people.

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