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THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS CONDEMNS THE INTRODUCTION OF BRUNEI'S NEW PENAL CODE

Thursday, April 11, 2019 view all press release content

Chicago, IL, April 12, 2019 - The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), www.aaml.org, condemns the introduction of the Brunei revised penal code, which mandates the death penalty for offences including adultery and extramarital sexual relations and homosexual acts.

"The penal codes of states and countries should not criminalize sexual acts between consenting adults. The cruel and inhuman and degrading punishments contained in the Brunei legislation have no place in any modern legal system," said AAML President Peter Walzer, who is also founding partner of Los Angeles-area family law firm Walzer Melcher. "This legislation is an affront to international human rights. The AAML strongly condemns Brunei's penal code."

The AAML joins other international voices to urge the Brunei government to revisit this legislation and to remove these penalties from its laws.

The AAML reaffirms its support of efforts towards ensuring human dignity within all relationships, full equality of the LGBT community, ending domestic violence and strengthening and protecting marriage, families and the parent-child relationship.

About AAML

Founded in 1962, the mission of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. Comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, members are recognized leaders in the areas of matrimonial law, including divorce, premarital agreements, separation, annulment, custody, property valuation and division, support, and the rights of unmarried couples. AAML Fellows are recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners, possessing a high level of knowledge, skill, and integrity and earning reputations for professionalism, competence, and integrity.

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