Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Solomon Islands)

The Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is a commission officially established by the government of Solomon Islands in September 2008.[1] It has been formed to investigate the causes of the ethnic violence that gripped Solomon Islands between 1997 and 2003.[2] The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is the first of its kind in the Pacific Islands region.[3]

The purpose of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to "address people's traumatic experiences during the five-year ethnic conflict on Guadalcanal (1999–2004)". Its goal is to promote national unity and reconciliation. The members of the TRC will hear testimony from witnesses and victims of the violence, which killed over 100 people and displaced more than 20,000 internal refugees nationwide.[4]

It is modelled after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, which was chaired by then Archbishop Desmond Tutu.[5] Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, has taken an active role in the establishment of the TRC in Solomon Islands.[5]