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Brunei Boycott: Brands, Universities, People Taking Action



Brands, universities, and celebrities are part of a growing movement taking action against Brunei-owned enterprises after the tiny Asian nation with a new law punishing homosexuality with the death penalty.

As of Wednesday, the punishment for homosexuality in Brunei became death by stoning, after Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah introduced several reforms to the country's penal code, which has been based on Islamic Shariah law since 2014.

Here's a full run- down of who has taken, or is taking, a stand so far.

A viral campaign to boycott nine hotels owned by the Sultan – one of the world's richest heads of state, worth around $ 20 billion ̵

1; was stoked by celebrities and reached at peak on Thursday when eight hotels deleted their Twitter profiles.

and Jamie Lee Curtis.

The Dorchester (London)

  • 45 Park Lane (London)
  • Coworth Park (Ascot, UK)
  • The Beverly Hills Hotel (Los Angeles )
  • Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles)
  • Le Meurice (Paris)
  • Hotel Plaza Athénée (Paris)
  • Hotel Principe di Savoia (Milan)
  • One of the Sultan's nine hotels, The Hotel Eden in Rome, Italy, remains on Twitter, but has a protected account.

  • The City of Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin tweeted: "We must not support these establishments when they are on the line! #Boycott."

    On Thursday, Virgin Australia canceled a deal with Brunei's airline Royal Brunei where Virgin staff got discounted tickets on Royal Brunei flights.

    On Wednesday, Transport for London, which operates the London Underground, said it will no longer show in Brunei tourism advert labeling it "the abode of peace" (the nation's official title.)

    Transport for London said: "This advert will be removed from our network."

    STA Travel, a large international adventure holiday booking company, tweeted on Friday saying it will no longer arrange flights for customers on Royal Brunei Airlines.

    On Wednesday, Aberdeen University in Scotland said it was rescinding the honorary degree the gift to the Sultan in 1995, as did Kings College London, who gave him an honorary doctorate in 2011.

    Nearly 47,000 people have signed a petition demanding the University of Oxford revoke an honorary degree given to Bolkiah in 1993. The university has refused to retract it.

    Hassanal Bolkiah
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    On Friday, the organizers of the UK's TV Choice Awards, due to the Dorchester owned by Brunei, said they will find a new venue.

    The state government of Queensland, Australia, has put on hold plans to partner up with Royal Brunei Airlines, after a petition to the airline from Australia gained momentum.

    Minister of Tourism Kate Jones told news: "We have negotiated with Royal Brunei as soon as we learn about changes to the law, allowing the persecution of Brunei's LGBTIQ community."


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