Deutsche Bank bans staff from Dorchester hotels after Brunei implements homosexuality laws

Joe Torre

Joe Torre

Hundreds of people rallied outside the Brunei-owned Dorchester hotel in London on Saturday in protest at new Islamic sharia laws in the country that punish homosexuality, adultery and rape with the death penalty.

It added it shared the "international revulsion" of the laws and that the decision to confer the honorary degree to Bolkiah in 1993 would be reconsidered through its "established process".

The social backlash appears to have escalated after U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres shared a Twitter post naming the nine Brunei-owned hotels to boycott.

But a group of celebrities, including George Clooney and Ellen DeGeneres, have called for a boycott of the properties owned by the kingdom of Brunei. The law makes make same-sex sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death. Because this story is getting a lot of attention and it can be easy to call for a boycott but not follow through with more impactful action, these celebrities who are speaking out appear to be doing so in a potentially opportunistic and potentially hypocritical manner.

TV Choice magazine announced on Twitter that its annual TV Choice Awards would no longer take place at London's Dorchester Hotel.

Other hotels included in the boycott are Coworth Park in Ascot, and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, US.

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Ireland has updated its travel advice for Brunei in light of the country's "very severe" new laws.

In its new statement released on Saturday, the University of Oxford added: "As an institution deeply committed to equality, diversity and individual rights we understand and share the concerns of our students and staff who have expressed abhorrence at recent developments in Brunei and would like to disassociate from them. Spread the word. Rise up", DeGeneres said.

Responding on behalf of the Opposition, Khalid Mahmood MP and said: "What we have seen in Brunei in the past week with these proposed new laws has been shocking and shameful, but has also been deeply sad".

Meanwhile Deutsche Bank on Thursday said it had removed the Brunei-owned Dorchester Collection group from the list of hotels its employees use.

The Association of Real Estate Funds which has also canceled a venue at the Dorchester in London said: "The LGBT+ community enriches our industry, and investors expect everyone - irrespective of their backgrounds, identity or beliefs - to be treated with respect and dignity".

Adulterers risk death by stoning too and thieves face amputation of a right hand on their first offence and a left foot on their second.

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