5 May 2008

Bill for Truth and Recon Commission in Solomons would allow for prosecutions

11:09 am on 5 May 2008

The Solomon Islands steering committee set up to gauge public support for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the country's years of ethnic tensions has completed a bill for cabinet.

The bill is a draft of the potential model of Commission and will be provided along with a report summarising consultations undertaken since April 2007.

The Committee's chairman Frank Kabui says they looked at a range of Commissions taken up in other troubled countries although any eventual Solomons framework would be unique.

Mr Kabui says they consulted a wide range of stakeholders about what such a Commission should be.

"A number of people were invited to come, including women's groups, churches, civil society, government officials and then after that we went out to the provinces, to speak to the provincial members and members of the public and even to the ex-militants who had come out of prison and were willing to express their views to us."

Frank Kabui says the bill should go before parliament in June.