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George Clooney calls for a boycott of the hotel Brunei LGBT death


Film star George Clooney has called for a boycott of the nine hotels because of their ties with Brunei, where homosexual acts will next week be punished with death.

In an opinion piece written for to Deadline, Clooney blame on the & # 39 announcement of Brunei, that on April 3, country rock or death of nationals of the whip caught committing adultery or gay sex.

"Let it sink. In press news, where we see the world is backsliding into authoritarianism stands alone," said Clooney.

He urged the public to join him immediately boycott nine hotels – three in the UK, two in the United States, two in France and two in Italy.

They include the Beverly Hills Hotel and in Bel-Air in Los Angeles, at the Dorchester in London and Le Meurice in Paris.

Clooney said the Brunei Investment Agency has the hotels, which he described as some of the "most exclusive" in the world. He even admitted that he was in some, while he did not know who owned them.

"Every time we stay, or take meetings or dine at any of the nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of people who choose to stone and beat to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery , "he said.

"We're really going to help pay for these human rights violations? Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent civilians? "

Many hotels refrained from commenting directly on a call for a boycott of Clooney.

"Dorchester Collection Code emphasizes the equality, respect and integrity in all areas of our business, and greatly appreciates the human and cultural diversity among our guests and employees. Inclusion and diversity are core beliefs, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination, "the company said in a statement.

Le Meurice in Paris, had no comment, but said they wanted to "emphasize that we are doing the right value of the LGBT," says the hotel's press manager, Alexander Chlopek.

But other international figures are aligned with respect to the law.

Austrian Chancellor Kurtz called the law "cruel and inhuman".

"I call upon the Sultanate of Brunei to remove the death penalty by stoning F homosexual acts between consenting adults," he said on Twitter. "The same applies to other countries that have the same rigid + inhuman laws. No one should be prosecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. "

Australian Senator Penny Wong also wrote that "Labor is deeply concerned about the Brunei government's plans to implement the new laws that would have seen adultery, and homosexual acts between adults punishable by death."

Former US Vice President Joe Biden said the stoning "people to death for homosexuality or adultery appalling and immoral."

"Every person on earth has the right to be treated with dignity and to live without fear There's no excuse. – not culture, not tradition – for this kind of hatred and inhumanity. "

Penal Code, based on Sharia law

Bruno & # 39 is a small, oil-rich kingdom of just over 450 000 people on the island of Borneo, not far from the more moderate Islamic nations of Indonesia and Malaysia.

In May 2014 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced that the introduction of a new criminal code, based on the laws of Sharia, the Islamic legal system which defines strict corporal punishment.

At that time, the government website quoted Sultan as saying that his government "does not expect other people to accept and agree with it, but it would be enough if they just respect people in the same way that respects them. "

New statement from the Office of the Prime Minister & # 39; er Minister of Brunei said that the country "has always practiced a dual legal system, one based on (Sharia) law of Sharia and other common law."

These two systems will operate in parallel, beginning April 3, said in a statement, will "maintain peace and order and preserve religion, life, family & # 39; nd and individuals, regardless of gender, nationality, race or religion."

"Sharia law except criminal liability and deterring acts that contradict the teachings of Islam, it also aims to educate, to respect and protect the legitimate rights of all individuals, society or nationality of all faiths and races."

The roll out of the new laws was the opinion of the sultan and 29 December was quietly announced that the death penalty for homosexual sex will be imposed in April. Theft will be punished by cutting off in accordance with the new laws.

"Brunei should immediately stop their plans for the implementation of this vicious punishment, and to review its Criminal Code in accordance with its obligations in the field of human rights. The international community must urgently condemn the movement of Brunei put those cruel punishment in practice, "Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei Researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement.

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