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Sultan of Brunei hands back honorary degree.

Sultan of Brunei hands back honorary degree.

The Sultan of Brunei has handed back an honorary degree after Oxford University raised concerns about his country's strict new anti-LGBT laws.

Introduced in April, they initially made sex between men and adultery punishable by stoning to death.

But Brunei backtracked on enforcing the laws after a global outcry, boycotts and celebrity protests.

The university said it opened a review "in the light of concerns about the new penal code".

In a statement a spokeswoman said it was informed the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah would be returning his degree after it wrote to him last month.


More than 118,500 people have signed a petition calling on the university to rescind the honorary law degree, which was awarded in 1993.

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