Canada appalled by Brunei’s imposition of severe punishments under its Sharia penal code

Statement

April 5, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:

Canada is appalled by Brunei’s imposition of severe punishments under its new Sharia penal code, which include corporal punishment and the death penalty. These inhumane provisions will affect women and members of the LGBTQ2 community in particular.

“Human rights are universal. Canada condemns violence and discrimination against any persons based on gender, gender identity or sexual orientation wherever they occur.

“We have raised our concerns directly with Brunei and we urge Brunei to suspend the implementation of its new penal code and to make changes to ensure that it is consistent with international human rights obligations.”

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