There are some exemplary human rights protections in Brunei, although the overall level is down by 20% from 2010 standards according to Maple Croft. Child labour, extrajudicial killings and disappearances are virtually non-existent and security forces generally respect human rights. Though Brunei should be commended for its record on the above indicators, others are well below average. Despite not having executed anyone since 1957, the death penalty remains mandatory for many crimes. Bruneiâ€™s levels of freedom of thought and freedom of opinion and expression are among the lowest in Asia. People are allowed to â€˜speak their opinions freelyâ€™ but are prohibited from saying anything â€˜irresponsible, derogatory, scandalous, or injuriousâ€™. Under the
Sedition Act it is an offence to criticize or challenge the authority of the Monarchy. The inability to question the prominence of the national philosophy of the Malay and Islamic traditions is a major barrier to religious freedom. Under emergency powers citizens do not have freedom of assembly and the government requires permits of groups greater than ten people.