LGBT rights activists will target hotels owned by Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei this week because of his barbaric punishment of homosexuality in his country.
Trade unionists with Unite and GMB have organised protests at the Dorchester and 45 Park Lane hotels this Thursday and Friday over Brunei’s homophobic laws.
“The protests will help raise awareness and ultimately work to end the sultan of Brunei’s misogynistic and homophobic abuse of human rights,” said Unite’s regional officer Dave Turnbull.
Bolkiah — who acquired the hotels barely two years ago — has been responsible for the introduction and interpretation of Islamic sharia law, which criminalises homosexuality.
Those found guilty can expect sentences including flogging or even the death penalty.
GMB equality officer Michelle Gordon argued for a ban on the hotels.
Celebrities including Stephen Fry and Richard Branson have openly vowed to boycott the hotel until Brunei’s law changes.
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