Elton John Joins Brunei Hotel Boycott Over 'Inhumane' Laws That Will See LGBTI People Stoned To Death
Elton John and George Clooney have strongly condemned Brunei's decision to impose the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
The punishments are set to become law next week in the south-east Asian sultanate, with the two celebrities calling for a boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah.
"[E]very single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery," Clooney explained in a column for Deadline.
Elton John praised Clooney for taking a stand against Brunei's new penalties, which will include being stoned to death as punishment for same-sex sexual acts.
“I believe that love is love and being able to love as we choose is a basic human right," John wrote in a statement.
"Wherever we go, my husband David and I deserve to be treated with dignity and respect -- as do each and every one of the millions of LGBTQ+ people around the world."
John added that discrimination on the basis of sexuality is "plain wrong and has no place in society".
"That’s why I commend my friend, George Clooney, for taking a stand and calling out the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry now being enshrined in law in the nation of Brunei, a place where gay people are brutalised or worse,” he wrote.
John joined Clooney in naming and shaming the nine hotels on Twitter -- calling on travellers everywhere to boycott Sultan's establishments in London, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, and Milan.
The new provisions in Brunei's penal code have been described by Amnesty International as "cruel and inhuman".
“Brunei must immediately halt its plans to implement these vicious punishments and revise its Penal Code in compliance with its human rights obligations," said Amnesty's Brunei Researcher, Rachel Chhoa-Howard.
"The international community must urgently condemn Brunei’s move to put these cruel penalties into practice," she added.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne is directly lobbying the Brunei government to abandon its plans, the Daily Telegraph reported.
“We are absolute opponents of the death penalty in all circumstances, so any suggestion laws would facilitate the application of the death penalty is a matter of concern for the government of Australia,” Payne said.
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