15 Jul 2010

Solomons' Truth Commission hears from victims in Gizo

5:00 pm on 15 July 2010

A regional public hearing of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been held in Gizo in Western Province.

SIBC reports that in his opening remarks, the commission's chair Sam Ata said the public hearings are a crucial part of the commission's mandate to bring genuine peace to the nation following the ethnic tensions.

He says this has been lacking since law and order was restored.

Local media report that relief on the faces of victims who testified at the hearing has been evident, while people who came to listen have shown great respect.

Thirty-three victims gave evidence during the three-day Gizo hearing, about experiences which occurred predominantly in Western and Choiseul provinces.

The conflict left about 100 people dead and 20,000 displaced between 1998 and 2003