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The Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa
Last updated 8 August 2017
On 6 July 2017, the New Zealand House of Representatives formally apologised
for the past convictions of men for consensual homosexual acts. This is an
important step towards reconciliation, and one of the remedies requested
by the petition organised by the Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa.
Click here to learn more about the apology and watch
the raw footage of the proceedings in Parliament.
At this stage, a Bill to put in place a process for issuing pardons to men
unjustly convicted has been referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. Public submissions are
currently being accepted regarding the Bill. The submission process will be open until Friday 18 August 2017.
Click here to learn more about the submission process.
Prior to 1986, the systematic persecution of gay men using the machinary of the criminal justice system resulted in
hundreds of men being convicted for acts that are now legal in New Zealand. Even those who weren't
convicted still lived with the fear of being pubically disgraced and punished, just for being true
to who they were.
In 2016, it will have been 30 years since the
Homosexual Law Reform Act (1986)
was voted into law by the New Zealand House of Representatives
. A brave and determined
campaign ensured that this vital reform ended the institutionalised persecution of gay men. In years since,
New Zealand attitudes toward rainbow communities
utterly transformed towards a more inclusive society.
But our work isn't finished. Men convicted of homosexual acts were never
pardoned, and thus still have criminal records.
Let's ask Parliament to pardon these men. A pardon would impact postively on those who were convicted, their whanau and friends, and the wider LGBT community.
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