Elton John and George Clooney are boycotting any hotels owned by Brunei amid a huge global backlash against the country's implementation of new laws to stone people to death for homosexuality and adultery under Sharia law.
The new laws, that will see the punishing of sodomy, adultery and rape with the death penalty by stoning and theft with amputation, will come into effect from 3 April in the Muslim-majority country that has a population of approximately 400,000 people.
Currently, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 72, the world's second-longest reigning monarch and prime minister of the oil-rich country, is counted among one of the world's wealthiest people.
“'The (Sharia) Law, apart from criminalizing and deterring acts that are against the teachings of Islam, also aims to educate, respect and protect the legitimate rights of all individuals, society or nationality of any faiths and race,” the Prime Minister's office statement said, and reported by the Daily Mail UK.
George Clooney and Elton John have called for a boycott of eight hotels including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air which are owned by the government of Brunei. The other hotels are located in the US and Europe. For a list of them click here.
Brunei is not the first country to execute gay people, with Iran publicly hanging a 31-year-old Iranian man after he was found guilty of charges related to violations of Iran’s anti-gay laws in January this year.