Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brunei hotels deleted from social media

Brunei hotels deleted from social media

Canadian activist Jordan Tannahill and three accomplice, Andy, Crispin, and Nick, infiltrated tea at London's Dorchester Hotel on Thursday to inform patrons that the hotel's owner, the Sultan of Brunei, has implemented a "death by stoning" law for gay sex.

A growing call to boycott luxury hotels owned by the Empire of Brunei has led to media trouble. Some of the hotels include The Beverly Hills Hotel in California, Hotel Eden in Rome, and the The Dorchester in London.

Companies, universities, and celebrities are making moves on a boycott of Brunei-owned services after the country introduced a law making homosexuality punishable by death.

The penalties were provided for under new sections of Brunei's Shariah Penal Code.

Celebrities including George Clooney are calling on the public to boycott luxury hotels owned by Brunei.

Addressing the crowd outside the Dorchester, Ms Thornberry said actions should have consequences and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei should be shunned until the anti-LGBT laws are revoked.

Clooney, DeGeneres and Elton John were quick to voice opposition to the new laws and called for a boycott of the nine hotels in the US and Europe with ties to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

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The foreign secretary had been set to address around 450 people at The Dorchester in Mayfair last Tuesday, whose ultimate owner has been the sultan since 1985.

But Oxford stressed that no one had the right "summarily to rescind" the degree. "More than ever we need a global alliance to challenge the criminalisation of LGBTIQ sexual and gender diversity the world over".

Brunei's sharia code or Muslim law allows for crimes such as adultery, gay sex, and abortion to be punished by a crude medical method where the guilty would be stoned to death. Raise your voices now.

Other hotels included in the boycott are Coworth Park in Ascot, and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, US.

Dorchester Collection, which manages the hotels, put a message on its website which said: "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination", adding, "Although we believe in open and transparent communication, we have reluctantly deactivated our hotel pages due to personal abuse directed at our employees".

The spokeswoman added: "Anybody who bought Royal Brunei Airlines tickets through STA Travel and who no longer wants to use them can claim a refund, and we will help those customers to make alternative travel arrangements".

The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement on Brunei's new laws as well.

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