Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West, Christine Jardine MP, has called for the UK Government to take action to protect human rights in Brunei as the state enacts laws that could punish being gay by stoning.
In her response to a Ministerial statement on “The implementation of the final stages of Sharia Penal Code in Brunei Darussalam”, Ms Jardine welcomed the Governments condemnation of the move but called for action through the commonwealth.
In response to Foreign Office, Minister Mark Field’s suggestion that the bar for conviction was ‘set quite high’ and unlike to be enforced Ms Jardine hit back that any law which put LGBT, or any other person at risk was unacceptable.
Ms Jardine said: “I welcome the tone of the Minister, recognising the inhumanity that we see in these laws.
“But I’m also disappointed that he is willing to accept that the bar might be set high for convictions and that might be acceptable. The fact of the law, the threat of the law, to people who are LGBT or young people who might be coping with recognising their own sexuality is surely unacceptable.
“And can I plead that he try to take action through the Commonwealth because we should never forget that it was not international outcry which defeated apartheid, it was action. Perhaps Aaction is what we need here now.”