RCGP responds to call for action on new Brunei gay sex laws


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has responded to calls for it to rescind the honorary title of 'Companion of the College', which was bestowed on the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah.

The Change.Org petition was started by GP trainee Dr Hollie Rolland and has already been signed by 3,800 supporters. It calls on the College to condemn the Sultan of Brunei for his support of new laws which see homosexuality carry a punishment of stoning by death. 

In a written statement, RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, clarified the action that the College is taking in light of the latest developments in Brunei.

"We are all shocked by the situation and have said publicly that we categorically condemn these actions,” Professor Stokes-Lampard said.

"We are urgently reviewing the situation at the highest levels. The challenge we have is that it takes time to get the necessary advice and to get the relevant people together to make decisions about all the options we have to consider. As the College is a registered charity, we also have to comply with charity law and governance.

"I appreciate that this is frustrating, but I promise our members that I am doing all I can to hasten the process so that we reach firm conclusions as swiftly as is safe and responsible to do so,” she said.

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