Dorchester Collection Hotel Boycott Grows

    Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson is the latest celebrity to encourage the boycott of the Dorchester Collection luxury hotel chain over the owner’s ties to the introduction of Sharia law in the Sultanate of Brunei, according to this report from CNBC. “No @Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester Hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights,” Branson tweeted. The boycott is in response to Brunei’s decision to adopt a strict form of Sharia law that would call for the severing of limbs for theft, as well as stoning to death for adultery or homosexual acts, according to the BBC. Other vocal personalities who have called for a boycott include comedian Ellen DeGeneres, comedian Stephen Fry, and designers Brian Atwood and Peter Som. The Dorchester Collection includes the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Bel Air Hotel, The Dorchester, and several other luxury properties around the world.

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