SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

30 March 2019

HUMAN RIGHTS IN BRUNEI

Labor is deeply concerned by the Brunei government’s plans to implement new laws that would see adultery and homosexual acts between consenting adults punishable by death.

We note the new penal code would be in breach of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Australia has always stood strongly for the protection and promotion of human rights.

Doing so is vital to a peaceful world where all have the right to live with dignity, freedom, safety, security and prosperity.

Consistent with Australia’s long-standing and bipartisan support for universal, indivisible and inalienable human rights, Labor is fundamentally opposed to the oppression of anyone on the grounds of their gender, sexual orientation or their religious beliefs.

Labor as a matter of principle opposes the death penalty in all circumstances for all people. This is a long-held bipartisan position

Labor calls on the Brunei government to abandon plans to introduce this new law.

We have raised our concerns with the Australian Government and would support a clear and unambiguous statement by the Government expressing Australia’s firm position on these matters.

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.