A United Nations spokesperson says the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands will help give redress to victims of ethnic unrest whose cases have not been heard by the courts.
The Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will today launch the Commission, which will hear the stories of those caught up in violence which left 100 people dead and 20-thousand displaced between 1998 and 2003.
Christina Carlson from the United Nations Development programme says the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands has prosecuted capital crimes and cases of extortion relating to the unrest.
But she hopes lower level cases of violence, theft and sexual assault, which would overwhelm the courts, can be bought forward to the commission.
"What the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will do is will provide a forum for people to discuss these issues of violence and abuse and it will create a forum where the country can take stock of what happened and then look forward to using traditional reconciliation processes to resolve these disputes."
Christina Carlson from the United Nations Development programme.