Brunei Sultan Returns Oxford Degree After LGBT Backlash



Bandar Seri Begawan: The Sultan of Brunei has returned an honorary degree awarded by Oxford University after it raised concerns about the Asian nation’s strict new anti-LGBT laws. The University said on Thursday that it opened a review “in the light of concerns about the new penal code”, the BBC reported. In a statement, a spokeswoman said it was informed that Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah would be returning his degree after it wrote to him last month. In April, more than 118,500 people signed a petition calling on the university to rescind the honorary law degree, which was awarded in 1993. Oxford MP Layla Moran also wrote to the university urging it to strip him of the degree, and said it being returned was “clearly not sufficient”. (IANS)