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Beverly Hills city officials condemn Brunei's new laws as Beverly Hills Hotel boycott grows

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TV personality Jay Leno (C) attends a rally protesting against Brunei's new strict sharia law penal code outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, in Beverly Hills, California May 5, 2014. The sultanate of Brunei becomes the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law, the latest example of a deepening religious conservatism that has also taken root in parts of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST RELIGION ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR3NWAD

Beverly Hills officials have condemned Brunei's strict new Islamic criminal laws and want its government to separate itself from the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The city council's unanimous resolution Tuesday night calls for the tiny Southeast Asian nation to change its laws or divest its ownership of the iconic property.

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah owns the Beverly Hills Hotel, which has been the target of a growing Hollywood boycott since Brunei embraced its new penal code last week. Under the new law, adultery, abortion and same-sex relationships are serious offenses punishable by flogging and stoning.

A growing number of Hollywood groups have relocated events traditionally held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in protest. The International Women's Media Foundation and Barbara Davis Carousel of Hope are the latest to join the boycott.

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