A Scottish university has revoked an honorary degree given to the Sultan of Brunei after the country took the decision to stone people to death for engaging in gay sex. The University of Aberdeen said Hassanal Bolkiah's LLD (Doctor of Laws), awarded in 1995, would be rescinded after the honorary degrees committee reviewed the sitation. The decision comes after the higher education institution said they were looking into the honour given to the sultan. Under the new Islamic criminal laws in Brunei, which apply to kids and foreigners, even if they are not Muslim, those found guilty of gay sex could be stoned to death or whipped. Adulterers risk death by stoning too, while thieves face amputation of a right hand on their first offence and a left foot on their second. In a letter to staff and students, George Boyne, the university's principal and vice-chancellor, said: "As I am sure you will be aware there has been an international controversy since the Sultan of Brunei, in his role as … [Read more...] about Sultan of Brunei has honorary degree revoked by Scots uni over anti-LGBT laws
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News / Scotland by Press Association 17/04/2019, 12:22 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The University of Aberdeen has revoked the Sultan of Brunei’s honorary degree in protest against the introduction of severe anti-LGBT laws. It comes amid an international outcry over the nation’s new Islamic criminal laws punishing gay sex by stoning offenders to death. University of Aberdeen principal George Boyne said the Sultan’s introduction of the new penal code is contrary to the institution’s “strong commitment to the value of diversity and inclusion”. The university announced on Wednesday that it has revoked the Sultan’s honorary degree in an unprecedented move following a vote by the senate, its academic body. Professor Boyne said: “The sultan was awarded an honorary degree by our university in 1995. It was given at a time when the university had operated a successful exchange programme with its … [Read more...] about University revokes Sultan of Brunei’s honorary degree over anti-gay laws
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opinion Steven Petrow Opinion columnist Published 7:00 AM EDT Apr 17, 2019 Like many Americans, my first exposure to death by stoning came from reading Shirley Jackson’s short story, "The Lottery," in high school. First published in 1948 in The New Yorker, the story is the tale of a fictional New England town where one very unlucky resident is chosen by chance — to be killed. The magazine responded to outraged readers by explaining that Jackson had chosen “a nameless little village to show, in microcosm, how the forces of belligerence, persecution, and vindictiveness are, in mankind, endless and traditional and that their targets are chosen without reason.” I’ve been thinking about "The Lottery" since I read that Brunei — a tiny monarchy in Southeast Asia ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world’s wealthiest people — had enacted a new penal code that includes death by stoning. Crimes that warrant this penalty include … [Read more...] about Stoning laws in Brunei beg question: Are Americans immune to cruelty?