Hollywood actor George Clooney has called for a boycott of nine luxury hotels, because of their links to Brunei, which plans to impose death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex and adultery from next week.
In 2014, Brunei became the first East Asian country to adopt Islamic Sharia law despite widespread condemnation. From 3 April, the country will stone or whip to death citizens caught committing adultery or having gay sex.
Clooney said the new laws amounted to "human rights violations". He called for the public to join him in immediately boycotting nine hotels with links to Brunei, － three in the UK, two in the US, two in France and two in Italy.
Homosexuality is already illegal in Brunei but it will become a capital offence. Besides, the new penalty for theft is amputation of the right hand for a first offence, and the left foot for a second offence.
stone：動詞，向…扔石頭，用石頭砸死。例句：Rioters set up barricades and stoned police cars.（暴徒架起路障，並向警車投擲石塊。）
capital offence/crime：名詞，死罪。例句：In some countries, importing drugs is a capital offence.（在許多國家，輸入毒品是死罪。）
first offence：名詞，初犯。例句：If it is your first offence, the judge has the discretion to impose a lesser sentence.（如果你是初犯，法官有裁量權予以輕判。）