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Actor George Clooney’s call for hotel boycott—the ones owned by the Sultan of Brunei through his Brunei Investment Agency—comes after news had broken out that the Nation of Brunei will punish gay sex and adultery with death by stoning or whipping. The law is poised to take effect in this small country located in Southeast Asia next week on April 3, Wednesday, and according to CNN, the punishment to individuals found guilty will be “witnessed by a group of Muslims.” 

Clooney wrote in an opinion column for Deadline that the hotels are nice and their workers are kind and helpful and certainly they have “no part in the ownership of these properties.” But that, he explained, “every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery.”

Clooney added, “Brunei is a Monarchy and certainly any boycott would have little effect on changing these laws. But are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations? Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens? I’ve learned over years of dealing with murderous regimes that you can’t shame them. But you can shame the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them and choose to look the other way.”

Further, Clooney identified the Sultan-owned hotels as follows:

  • The Dorchester, London
  • 45 Park Lane, London
  • Coworth Park, UK
  • The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills
  • Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
  • Le Meurice, Paris
  • Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
  • Hotel Eden, Rome
  • Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan 

Read Clooney’s appeals for boycott here.

The Sharia Penal Code was first announced in 2014. It was supposed to “have been rolled out gradually” but it received “so much backlash” that, according to Human Rights Watch senior researcher of LGBT rights Neela Ghoshal in an interview with The Washington Post, “the government put [them] on hold until a time that nobody was paying attention.” 

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