New Zealand Erasing Records Of Some Homosexual Offenders
People convicted of homosexual offences in New Zealand are to have their criminal records wiped after a unanimous vote to clear them in the country's parliament.
Consensual sex between men aged 16 and over was decriminalised in 1986, but convictions for offences before that time remained on record and appeared in criminal history checks.
Nearly 1,000 men were found guilty of homosexual offences between 1965 and the legalisation of homosexuality in 1986.
Sex between men aged 16 and over was legalised in New Zealand in 1986 under the Homosexual Law Reform Act.
Last January the United Kingdom also gave posthumous pardons to thousands of men historically convicted of homosexual offences.
Those still alive can apply to the Home Office to have past convictions relating to same-sex relationships removed from their records