Protests at the Dorchester over the Sultan of Brunei&#...

Protests at the Dorchester over the Sultan of Brunei’s ‘brutal’ law

25 June 2014
WHERE: The Dorchester Hotel, London W1K 1QA (Meet at Park Lane entrance to Hyde Park Corner tube)
WHEN: 17:00, Thursday 26 June

Hotel workers in London, members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, will stage a protest outside the world-famous Dorchester over laws enacted by the hotel owner, the Sultan of Brunei, that flout the basic human rights of the citizens of his country.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkia, who owns the Dorchester worldwide collection of hotels, has imposed an extreme version of Sharia Law on the people of Brunei which could mean women are stoned to death for having an abortion and people could be publicly flogged or have their limbs severed, if they identify as gay or lesbian (LGBT).

In a bid to raise awareness about the oppression of women and LGBT people in Brunei, Unite members will protest outside The Dorchester Hotel at 17:00 on Thursday 26 June.

Unite’s London protest is on the eve of a global day of action targeting the Sultan's hotels around the world, with demonstrations planned for Friday 27 June in Brussels, Geneva, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris and Rome.

Leading celebrities have joined the worldwide concern expressed over the sultan’s actions. These include Anna Wintour, Stephen Fry and Richard Branson who have already boycotted the Dorchester collection in the campaign to ‘Stop the Sultan’.

Unite regional officer Dave Turnbull, said: “Hotel workers are some of the hardest working in the country and Unite fully supports them in their protest.

“London is an international city that depends on world class hotels. We cannot allow a situation where the owner of a leading global chain violates basic human rights and values espoused by the United Nations.

“The protests will help to raise awareness and, ultimately, work to end the Sultan of Brunei’s misogynistic and homophobic abuse of human rights.”

The call to action can be signed here


For more information or if you would like to attend the launch as a member of the media or as an interested stakeholder organisation, please contact Unite communications officer, Rae Passfield on 020 3371 2058 or email

And/or Dave Turnbull, Unite regional officer on 07980 721427 or email

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Notes to Editors:

Unite estimates that a member of staff at The Dorchester earning the national minimum wage of £6.31 per hour would have to work for nearly five months to afford the top suite for one night (the top suite costing £5,155 per night).

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.