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Restorative Justice in the Solomon Islands

Arkwright, Norman
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) In, Sinclair Dinnen, Anita Jowitt, and Tess Newton Cain, eds., A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands. Canberra, ACT: Pandanus Books. Pp. 177-194.

Arkwright discusses the sources of conflict in the Solomon Islands and the ways in which solutions proposed by the government has undermined the meaning and importance of traditional conflict resolution processes that included restitution. The government has taken the responsibility for repaying people for property lost in the conflict and has invited submissions. The result of this is an undermining of traditional conflict resolution processes. The payment of large amounts of money as compensation from the losses das changed the focus of many people from reconciliation to compensation. Arkwright outlines the disastrous effects this can have.


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