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H.Res. 289: Condemning the Nation of Brunei’s criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and imposition of cruel and disproportionate forms of punishment.

The text of the resolution below is as of Apr 3, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 289

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 3, 2019

submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

RESOLUTION

Condemning the Nation of Brunei’s criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and imposition of cruel and disproportionate forms of punishment.

Whereas, on April 3, 2019, a brutal new penal code went into effect in the country of Brunei;

Whereas Brunei’s penal code imposes death by stoning for same-sex relations and adultery;

Whereas stoning is a cruel and torturous form of punishment; and

Whereas the U.S. Department of State has stated that the United States strongly opposes violence, criminalization and discrimination targeting vulnerable groups, including women at risk of violence, religious and ethnic minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

condemns the criminalization of and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans­gen­der and intersex individuals;

(2)

condemns Brunei’s decision to criminalize sex between persons of the same sex;

(3)

condemns Brunei’s decision to impose disproportionate punishments for crimes;

(4)

encourages the international community to join the U.S. House of Representatives in condemning Brunei’s new penal code and upholding international norms;

(5)

directs the U.S. Department of State to update all human rights reports submitted to Congress and the President immediately to document the severity of Brunei’s new penal code; and

(6)

calls on Brunei to reverse its new penal code as expeditiously as possible.