Honiara : 5 February 2016
A one day consultative meeting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report Recommendations was held in the Solomon Islands Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.
The meeting was held between the Consultant for the TRC Report Implementation, Mrs Caroline Laore Gorae, and members of the Fundamental Reform Unit in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Consultant Law and Justice and the National Peace Adviser in the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace.
Speaking at the end of the meeting, MrsLaore Gorae said the DCCG is committed to implementing the TRC Final Report Recommendations in a meaningful way and first began consultations with stakeholders in December, 2015.
The meeting yesterday was specifically called to evaluate the prioritization and sequencing of the TRC Final Report Recommendations Report and provide workable approaches and key performance indicators for the implementation of the recommendations concerning Institutional Reform programs.
The meeting began with interpretation of the Institutional Reform recommendations, updates on the present laws, interpretation of the TRC Final Report Conclusions and the human rights violations according to the ethnic groups that were registered with the TRC.
The meeting was concluded with a recommendation for the development of new legislation to recognize different ethnic groups, their customary practices and norms, particularly to resolving and accepting inter-island and intra- island customary disputes geared towards achieving sustainable peace.
Mrs Laore Gorae said the TRC Final Report Conclusions found that the critical root causes of the internal armed conflict were land issues, cultural differences, and inadequate pre-independence relevant laws, uneven distribution of development investment after independence and dissatisfaction of the Guadalcanal people and these issues must be addressed by the government if the country is to move forward.
The TRC Final Report Recommendations states that an enactment of a Comprehensive Reparations Bill will cover victims and former-combatants reparations and exhumations of bodies of those killed to be returned to their loved ones.
Mrs Laore Gorae said that, according to the TRC Final Report Recommendations, the TRC Act 2008 Section 17 (2) it is for the government to implement the recommendations as soon as practicable.
To ensure that ethnic violence, internal armed conflict or any similar situation is not repeated, fundamental reforms must be made to the constitution, land disputes mechanism, justice system, national security, and the health and education systems, she added.
Source: Solomon Islands Government Press Release.