Brunei LGBT community living in fear despite sultan’s death penalty reprieve

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05/10/2019

When the Sultan of Brunei last week announced a moratorium on the much-condemned death penalty for gay sex, some hailed the move as a major advance. But inside the tiny South-East Asian nation, members of the LGBT community says there is little reason to celebrate – and much still to fear. In an interview with the Telegraph, one gay man, who asked to be identified only as ‘M’, warned that the apparent turnaround would only be temporary. The moratorium declared following an international backlash was “for appearances only,” he said, a “performative” reprieve adopted in part due to Ramadan. Once the religious season was over, M said, he expected the death penalty would be reinstated. And even if it was not, he said, “it’s a living hell here either way.”

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