Protesters surround London hotel over Brunei death penalty

LGBT activists protest outside London hotel over Brunei death penalty

Protesters outside the Dorchester Hotel in London. Image: Cameron Seymour

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Around 100 people have turned out to take part in a protest against Brunei's anti-LGBT laws in central London.

The protest, led by human rights activist Peter Tatchell, is taking place outside the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane.

Earlier this week, Brunei introduced new laws, which punished gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death. 

Many of the protesters were carrying placards and banners calling for homophobia to be stamped out as well as rainbow flags.

Protesters outside the Dorchester Hotel in London. 

The protest comes on the back of the growing movement against hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei in response to the nation's new Islamic criminal laws punishing gay sex by stoning offenders to death.

Protesters are calling for people to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, which includes the Dorchester.

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

Barriers had been put up around the front of the hotel in Park Lane.

The United Kingdom has joined with the United States, Germany and France in urging Brunei to halt its plans.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has also urged Brunei's government to "stop the entry into force of this Draconian new penal code".

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