Brunei faced with widespread boycott, unflattering Twitter hashtag over stoning law

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Brunei Faced With Widespread Boycott Over Stoning Law, Unflattering Twitter Hashtag
Brunei caused a global outcry over its archaic Shariah laws
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A growing number of companies, institutions and individuals have joined a boycott of businesses owned by the Sultanate of Brunei after the country implemented new laws making gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death. A Twitter campaign is running under the hashtag #bruneiboycott.

Celebrities such as George Clooney, Dua Lipa, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Luke Evans, Billie Jean King and Jamie Lee Curtis called to avoid booking Brunei-owned hotels, visit associated Restaurants and to fly with Royal Brunei Airlines over the country’s controversial law.

Switzerland-based STA Travel, a worldwide student and youth travel company, announced it would stop selling tickets for Royal Brunei Airlines or otherwise arranging visits to the country.

The organization posted on Twitter: “In protest against recent changes to the law in Brunei (also applicable to Brunei-registered aircraft and vessels), we’re proud to announce that STA Travel has stopped selling tickets of Royal Brunei Airlines. #bruneiboycott”

Virgin Australia and Queensland’s state government in Australia have also made moves to disassociate themselves from Brunei. British Airways, which has a one-way interline agreement with Royal Brunei, said that it will “keep all our agreements under constant review.”

London-based newspaper the Financial Times said in a story on its website that it would cancel a planned event at the Dorchester Hotel and would not use any other Dorchester Collection hotels.

Moreover, eight of the nine five-star hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, quit Twitter when the law came into effect on April 3 amid a vocal campaign to boycott them on social media.

Transport for London, which operates the London Underground, said it will no longer show a Brunei tourism advert labelling it “the abode of peace” (the nation’s official title.)

The UK’s ruling Conservative Party banned a fundraiser at the Dorchester Hotel, owned by Brunei, on April 2.

TV Choice magazine announced on Twitter that the annual TV Choice Awards would no longer take place at London’s Dorchester Hotel, which operates under the Dorchester Collection brand, a luxury chain owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

Aberdeen University in Scotland said it is considering rescinding the honorary degree it gave to the Sultan in 1995, as did Kings College London, who gave him an honorary doctorate in 2011. In addition, nearly 47,000 people have signed a petition demanding the University of Oxford revoke an honorary degree given to Bolkiah in 1993.

The UK government’s official health and safety organisation, The Health and Safety Executive has made a decision to stop sending staff to Brunei to complete secondments, the Guardian reported.

Hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei are:

The Dorchester Hotel (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)
The Hotel Eden (Rome)

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Brunei caused a global outcry over its archaic Shariah laws © Arno Maierbrugger A growing number of companies, institutions and individuals have joined a boycott of businesses owned by the Sultanate of Brunei after the country implemented new laws making gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death. A Twitter campaign is running under the hashtag #bruneiboycott. Celebrities such as George Clooney, Dua Lipa, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Luke Evans, Billie Jean King and Jamie Lee Curtis called to avoid booking Brunei-owned hotels, visit associated Restaurants and to fly with Royal Brunei Airlines over the country's controversial law. Switzerland-based...

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Brunei Faced With Widespread Boycott Over Stoning Law, Unflattering Twitter Hashtag
Brunei caused a global outcry over its archaic Shariah laws
© Arno Maierbrugger

A growing number of companies, institutions and individuals have joined a boycott of businesses owned by the Sultanate of Brunei after the country implemented new laws making gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death. A Twitter campaign is running under the hashtag #bruneiboycott.

Celebrities such as George Clooney, Dua Lipa, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Luke Evans, Billie Jean King and Jamie Lee Curtis called to avoid booking Brunei-owned hotels, visit associated Restaurants and to fly with Royal Brunei Airlines over the country’s controversial law.

Switzerland-based STA Travel, a worldwide student and youth travel company, announced it would stop selling tickets for Royal Brunei Airlines or otherwise arranging visits to the country.

The organization posted on Twitter: “In protest against recent changes to the law in Brunei (also applicable to Brunei-registered aircraft and vessels), we’re proud to announce that STA Travel has stopped selling tickets of Royal Brunei Airlines. #bruneiboycott”

Virgin Australia and Queensland’s state government in Australia have also made moves to disassociate themselves from Brunei. British Airways, which has a one-way interline agreement with Royal Brunei, said that it will “keep all our agreements under constant review.”

London-based newspaper the Financial Times said in a story on its website that it would cancel a planned event at the Dorchester Hotel and would not use any other Dorchester Collection hotels.

Moreover, eight of the nine five-star hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, quit Twitter when the law came into effect on April 3 amid a vocal campaign to boycott them on social media.

Transport for London, which operates the London Underground, said it will no longer show a Brunei tourism advert labelling it “the abode of peace” (the nation’s official title.)

The UK’s ruling Conservative Party banned a fundraiser at the Dorchester Hotel, owned by Brunei, on April 2.

TV Choice magazine announced on Twitter that the annual TV Choice Awards would no longer take place at London’s Dorchester Hotel, which operates under the Dorchester Collection brand, a luxury chain owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

Aberdeen University in Scotland said it is considering rescinding the honorary degree it gave to the Sultan in 1995, as did Kings College London, who gave him an honorary doctorate in 2011. In addition, nearly 47,000 people have signed a petition demanding the University of Oxford revoke an honorary degree given to Bolkiah in 1993.

The UK government’s official health and safety organisation, The Health and Safety Executive has made a decision to stop sending staff to Brunei to complete secondments, the Guardian reported.

Hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei are:

The Dorchester Hotel (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)
The Hotel Eden (Rome)

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