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Thursday, 18 April 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition


  Neena Gill, on behalf of the S&D Group. – Mr President, no one should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are and whom they love. However, as we’ve heard, on 3 April Brunei implemented Sharia law, including death by stoning, amputation of limbs and other forms of corporal and capital punishment. These laws didn’t come about because there was a public demand for them but because the regime is unpopular. Its economy is failing. These measures were there to distract from the real issues affecting the people of Brunei. Therefore, it is critical that the European Union takes effective measures that condemn these barbarous practices, including a targeted visa ban for the regime and even sanctions against businesses owned by the Sultan.

Our objective must be to ensure that these draconian measures aren’t implemented, and that can only happen if there is international condemnation, but also through political dialogue with stakeholders both inside and outside. High Representative, we need to stop being appalled. We need to act on these urgently. And finally, can I just say also to colleagues that this may be my last speech and I’d like to thank everybody for their cooperation.

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