A man walks past the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Photo: EPA

Brunei transgender teen seeks asylum in Canada after passing of Islamic laws to punish gays, adultery and rape with death

  • The laws, elements of which were first adopted in 2014, have been rolled out in the country of 400,000, stirring international outrage
  • In 2014, she heard about two people fined and jailed for cross-dressing and knew she had to flee. Now in Canada, she hopes for a permanent new home
Topic |   Religion

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A man walks past the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Photo: EPA
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. Photo: Xinhua

West sends Brunei into China’s arms with outrage over its anti-gay sharia laws

  • As oil reserves run out, Brunei looks to China to back critical development projects as it faces Western censure over sharia laws many say are only for show
  • At the same time, predominantly-Muslim nation is using the tough laws to shore up support from a populace facing rising unemployment
Topic |   Diplomacy

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. Photo: Xinhua
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