8 Dec 2009

Solomons advised to rewrite laws to avoid being haven for foreign criminals

9:08 pm on 8 December 2009

Amnesty International says Solomon Islands must rewrite its laws to ensure the country is not a safe haven for foreign criminals.

In a new report it has found the Solomons fails to define the most heinous crimes, such as crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture, extrajudicial killings or enforced disappearances, as offences under its national law.

Don Wiseman has more:

"Amnesty International says this means the Solomons is a safe haven for foreigners who are responsible for these crimes committed abroad against other foreigners. Another concern pertains to extradition. Amnesty says the Solomons is a safe haven from extradition to any country for foreigners who are responsible for genocide, war crimes, torture, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances committed abroad, as none of these crimes are listed as extradition crimes. It says in addition, such persons cannot be arrested and surrendered to the International Criminal Court or other such bodies. Amnesty International says the Solomons' Law Reform Commission needs to take account of these recommendations so the country can fulfil its obligations under international law."