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UK universities review ties with Brunei sultan

The University of Oxford has become the latest UK university to review its links with the sultan of Brunei, after the South-east Asian nation introduced the death penalty for homosexual sex.

Under new measures introduced by sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on 3 April, homosexual sex and adultery offences are punishable by stoning to death, a move that has sparked worldwide condemnation.

Following the move, the University of Aberdeen and King’s College London announced that they would review honorary degrees awarded to the sultan in 1995 and 2011 respectively. A third institution, SOAS, University of London, said it would review a gallery named after the sultan, who funded its construction in 1995.

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