- Baroness Patricia Scotland called on Brunei to ‘reconsider’ ruling
- The law is part of the country’s ‘third phase’ of introducing Sharia Law
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth has urged Brunei to revoke the death penalty for gay sex and adultery that came into force on Wednesday.
Baroness Patricia Scotland told i the new laws “will potentially bring into effect cruel and inhuman punishments which contravene international human rights law and standards”.
She has called on the South Asian island, which has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1984, to “reconsider” the ruling.
The move has been condemned by the United Nations and called “inhumane” by Amnesty International.
The sultanate in Asia – on Borneo island with Indonesia and Malaysia as its neighbours – is adding same-sex, adultery and a number of other sex acts to its capital punishment.
In a statement to i, Baroness Scotland said that since 1984 the nation had “committed itself to upholding the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter which underscores a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights covenants and international instruments.”