New Zealand petition for official pardon open for comments

New Zealanders can now have their say on a petition seeking an official pardon for men who were prosecuted last century for being gay. Hundreds of men were convicted before New Zealand passed the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986, which removed criminal penalties.

The Justice and Electoral Committee is now accepting public submissions on the petition, which was signed by 2111 people and presented to Parliament in July this year. It asks for a formal apology to those who were convicted, and for legislation to be passed that would expunge their convictions.

Submissions close on 6 October.