Solomon Islands. During the year, a Truth and
Reconciliation Commission was set up that would go through
abuses committed in connection with the civil war in
1999-2000. According to
countryaah, the Commission's work began at a ceremony with
the participation of South African Peace Prize laureate
Desmond Tutu, who led a similar work in his home country.
Prime Minister Derek Sikua had been active in setting up the
commission and he had apologized on behalf of the nation for
abuses and injustices committed during the war on the main
island against immigrants from the island of Malaita.
The Sikh government was criticized after a proposal by
Finance Minister Snyder Rini, who, in the midst of the
economic crisis, wanted the state to reward certain members
of parliament and their wives generously. The proposal led
to a legal battle and was rejected by the Supreme Court and
the Chancellor of Justice, who found that it had no legal
In November, riots broke out after a football match
between the islands of Malaita and Honiara. Police were
injured in stone throwing and the National Football
Association's office was burned down.