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Brunei: Homosexuality

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 17th April 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) Commonwealth, (b) Commonwealth Secretariat and (c) Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group on the introduction of death by stoning as a punishment for same-sex relationships in the Sultanate of Brunei.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

The Minister for the Commonwealth and the UN spoke to the Commonwealth Secretary General on 4 April about the situation in Brunei. As current Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, the UK attends the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group. The Foreign Secretary plans to attend the next meeting which will take place later this month, and will reiterate the UK's firm support for the values of the Commonwealth Charter, and our encouragement to other member states to adhere to those values. By convention, members do not confirm in advance which specific issues will be raised in that forum.

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