The Brunei Project is an independent human rights initiative that has been actively monitoring and raising awareness about human rights issues in Brunei since May 2015.
Created as a social media-based platform for the promotion of human rights, The Brunei Project also raises awareness about human rights issues in Brunei and provides development opportunities for local human rights advocates through independent projects and in collaboration with like-minded organisations regionally and internationally. This has included holding Brunei's first ever event to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) in 2016, establishing a scholarship that provided young Bruneians with the opportunity to participate in the unique Global University program offered by the Japanese NGO Peace Boat in 2017 and 2018, and involvement in two joint submissions for Brunei's Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations in 2019.
Also in 2019,The Brunei Project was at the forefront of drawing international attention to the Brunei Government's plans to secretly rush through the final phases of its controversial Syariah Penal Code (SPC), which subsequently forced the Brunei Government to publicly declare its intention to implement the SPC and then to extend the country's existing moratorium on the use of the death penalty to include "offences" contained within the Syariah Penal Code.
In 2020, The Brunei Project is continuing to engage with regional and international human rights movements and welcomes further opportunities for collaboration with like-minded groups. We also encourage Bruneians to reach out to us with their personal experiences with human rights issues so that we may be able to raise more awareness about how these issues are affecting Bruneians.