University revokes Sultan of Brunei´s honorary degree over death penalty for gay people

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The University of Aberdeen has stripped the Sultan of Brunei of an honorary degree to protest his introduction of the death penalty for people who engage in gay sex.

It comes amid an international outcry over the nation's new Islamic criminal laws punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death.

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University of Aberdeen principal George Boyne said the Sultan's introduction of the new penal code is contrary to the institution's 'strong commitment to the value of diversity and inclusion'.

The university announced on Wednesday that it has revoked the Sultan's honorary degree - awarded in 1995 - in an unprecedented move following a vote by the senate, its academic body.

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Professor Boyne said: 'The sultan was awarded an honorary degree by our university in 1995.

'It was given at a time when the university had operated a successful exchange programme with its counterpart in Brunei, and when the sultan had encouraged links between Brunei and Aberdeen due to...
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