GLOBAL ONE NEWS — Next week, Muslims in Brunei found guilty of gay sex and adultery could be stoned or whipped to death.

The Southeast Asian sultanate will also amputate the hands or feet of thieves under the new and harsh penal code set to be implemented by April 3.

Brunei became the first in Asia to introduce Sharia law at a national level in 2014. At that time, its laws imprison members of the LGBTQ community for up to 10 years.

Human rights advocates condemned the new laws and urged Brunei to “immediately halt” them.

Rachel Chhoa-Howard, a Brunei researcher, said, “Some of the potential ‘offenses’ should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender.”

There is a generally conservative view on same-sex relationships in Southeast Asia with countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar labeling it illegal.