Dorchester Collection boycott grows over Brunei penal code

It's getting worse for the Dorchester Collection. This after planned boycotts of hotels in the collection, which is owned by the sultan of Brunei's investment agency, because of the planned imposition of Islamic law in Brunei, with extreme penalties for adultery and gay sex, as The New York Times reports.

Already two Hollywood-related charities moved events from the Beverly Hills Hotel, and has forced Christopher Cowdray, CEO of the Dorchester Collection, into damage control. In a statement, he said, “We believe this boycott should not be directed to our hotels and dedicated employees. Today’s global economy needs to be placed in a broader perspective.”

The sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, last week began phasing in a new penal code based on Islamic law, or Shariah, that by 2015 will make gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death.

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Many notables are joining the protest, including Jay Leno and Richard Branson."No @Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester Hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights," Branson tweeted over the weekend from his personal Twitter account.

The Dorchester Collection includes the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Bel Air Hotel, The Dorchester and several other luxury-level properties around the world.