Brunei: Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th April 2019.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Fisheries, Flooding and Water)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of Brunei’s decision to introduce stoning for LGBT people on LGBT British armed forces personnel stationed at British Forces Brunei.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

In asserting international human rights law on torture, and on cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, and in opposing the death penalty in all circumstances and all its forms, the UK continues to raise concerns with the Government of Brunei about the introduction of hudud punishments.

We are confident we have protections in place with the Government of Brunei for all British Forces, associated UK civilians and their dependants relating to issues which might arise from the introduction of the new Sharia Penal Code. All British Forces in Brunei have also been instructed to heed Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice.

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