London, Apr 6: While a number of high-profile hotels owned by the kingdom of Brunei across the world have either deleted their social media pages or made them inaccessible amidst an ongoing backlash over anti-LGBT laws, global companies have decided to boycott them too.
These actions came in wake of implementation of draconian laws introduced by Brunei leader Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah which includes death by stoning for people found guilty of gay sex or adultery.
After US star George Clooney and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, musician Elton John and tennis star Billie Jean King stood against the hotels, TV Choice magazine announced on Twitter that the annual TV Choice Awards would no longer take place at London's Dorchester Hotel, which operates under the Dorchester Collection brand, a luxury chain owned by the Sultan of Brunei, reported CNN.
Thereafter, London based newspaper The Financial Times cancel a planned event at the Dorchester Hotel. Deutsche Bank, too, announced in a statement that its employees would no longer use Dorchester hotels on company business. "The new laws introduced by Brunei breach the most basic human rights, and we believe it is our duty as a firm to take action against them," the investment's chief risk officer Stuart Lewis said.
Customers who have already bought flights on Royal Brunei Airlines will be refunded if they no longer wish to fly with them, STA Travel said. CNN has contacted the Dorchester Collection and Royal Brunei Airlines for comment.
However, Dorchester Collection in a statement on its website said, "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, we never have and we never will."
"We understand people's anger and frustration but this is a political and religious issue that we don't believe should be played out in our hotels and amongst our 3,630 employees," the statement continued.
"We're deeply saddened by what's happening right now and the impact it is having on our employees, guests, partners and suppliers in particular. Our values are far removed from the politics of ownership."