Parliament to receive interim report on Crimes Bill

Monday December 09, 2019 Written by Published in Politics

Parliament will receive an update on the Crimes Bill which has decriminalised homosexuality. 

 

An interim report on the Crimes Bill will be tabled in Parliament this week.

Clerk of Parliament Tangata Vainerere said the report would provide an update from the select committee deliberating on the Bill.

The update will include the progress the committee has made so far on the Bill which is aimed at modernising the Crimes Act 1969.

However, it is not confirmed whether it will entail any recommendations, including on provision criminalising same sex.

The provisions on “indecent acts between men” and sodomy was removed from Crimes Bill drafted in 2017.

But the new select committee chaired by Tingika Elikana earlier decided to recommend to Parliament to reinstate provisions banning same sex which carries a penalty of up to five years’ imprisonment, and a sentence of seven years’ prison for consensual sodomy.

The committee’s decision was met with a huge backlash from the Te Tiare Association, the country’s only lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) community group, and its supporters.

The select committee then decided to accept another submission from the association and their supporters.

Elikana earlier said they would look into the submission before making their recommendation to Parliament in the February sitting.

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