100+ Lawmakers Urge John Kerry to Drop Brunei from Trade Talks Over Anti-Gay Stoning Law

More than 100 members of Congress sent a letter to secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urging the U.S. to tell Brunei to repeal its law that calls for gays to be stoned to death or be expelled from trade talks, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

Pocan"We write to express our concern over the Government of Brunei Darussalam’s recently adopted penal code, which threatens the human rights of minority groups including women, religious minorities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and urge you to insist that Brunei address these human rights violations as a condition of the United States participating with them in any further Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations," according to the letter drafted by Congressman Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Madison, Wisconsin.

The letter is going to Kerry on Thursday, according to Pocan, who hopes to get more lawmakers signed on before then.

Read the full text of the letter at THR….


  1. Glen says

    You mean Brunei hasn’t already been expelled from all talks with the US? WTF. If Brunei had instituted a law calling for the killing of Jews in the country, you think Congress would act?

  2. emjayay says

    Not after the only Republican Jew in the House (all of Congress? is gone soon. Amazing but in hillbillyland where Cantor used to be the representative, being Jewish is probably an issue. Jesus, who was a Jew, doesn’t like His people anymore.

  3. Terry says

    It seems that the Congressmen object to stoning not the death penalty itself. They aren’t stoning Jews after all, just Gay people. A more humane form of execution please, after all in the US one can still be fired for being gay. That’s our form of stoning.

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