Britain to strip honorary titles from Brunei’s Sultan as backlash to homosexuality law

Following celebrities, universities, companies, brands and governments, now British military could beat the same drum in boycotting and condemning Brunei’s penal code reforms that made death by stoning a punishment for gay sex.

The Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy are under pressure to strip honorary military titles bestowed upon the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, by Elizabeth II.

In 2001 the Sultan was made an honorary air chief marshal in the Royal Air Force and an honorary admiral in the Royal Navy.

According to Buckingham Palace the decision to award the Sultan was not made by the Queen herself but was based on the advice of government.

In 2011 Kings College London awarded the Sultan an honorary doctorate while in 1995 Aberdeen University in Scotland gave him an honorary degree. In 1993 Oxford University too awarded an honorary degree.

About 60,000 people have demanded the Oxford University in a signed petition to revoke the degree and celebrities from across the world have stoked a viral campaign on social networking sites to boycott luxury hotels owned by the Sultan in several cities including London, Rome, Paris and Los Angeles.

The Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy are under pressure to strip honorary military titles bestowed upon the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, by Elizabeth II.

Twitter profiles of eight out of nine of his hotels are found to be deleted from Thursday. The deleted ones are:

The Dorchester (London), 45 Park Lane (London), Coworth Park (Ascot, UK), the Beverly Hills Hotel (Los Angeles), Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles), Le Meurice (Paris), Hotel Plaza Athénée (Paris), and Hotel Principe di Savoia (Milan).

Twitter profile of Hotel Eden in Rome looks undeleted but protected.

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