UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday criticized new Islamic sharia laws in Brunei that allow for death by stoning for adultery and gay sex as a clear violation of human rights.
Guterres "believes that human rights are to be upheld in relations to every person everywhere without any kind of discrimination," said UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.
"The legislation approved is in clear violation with the principles expressed."
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The criminal law took effect on Wednesday despite a storm of global criticism from politicians, celebrities and rights groups.
The UN chief "stands clearly against any form of cruel punishment," said Dujarric.
"He stands very much for the protection of rights of all people to be able to be with who they want to be and love who they want to love."
The new code stipulates death by stoning as a punishment for sex between men, while women convicted of having sexual relations with other women face up to 40 strokes of the cane or a maximum 10-year jail term.