5-star hotels owned by the sultan of Brunei deleted their social media after an intense backlash over Brunei's new law punishing homosexuality with death by stoning
Eight hotels, including The Dorchester in London and The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, deleted social-media accounts on Wednesday, the same day a new law ordered by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah came into effect. The law makes homosexuality punishable by stoning to death.
The recent move to punish homosexuality more harshly was the first major legal change since 2014, when Brunei began using strict Islamic law, known as Sharia, as its penal code.
Homosexuality has been illegal for the 423,000 people living in the state — officially known as "Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace" — since its formal independence from British rule in 1984.