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Judicial CP - June 2006
Corpun file 18345
People First, Honiara, 15 June 2006
Elders of Wagina agree to stop corporal punishment
Elders and church leaders of the three communities on Wagina
island in Choiseul Province have finally agreed to stop whipping as a form of punishment for people who break village rules.
The agreement was reached yesterday at a meeting between the
elders and members of a high level delegation from the Ministry
of Police & Justice led by Sir Baddley Devesi.
Members of the delegation included the Commissioner of Police,
Shane Castles, Deputy Commissioner Operations, Johnson Siapu, Ken
Averre from the Public Solicitor's Office and other officials.
During the meeting attended by about a thousand people,
Commissioner Castles and Mr. Averre strongly sounded out that it
is illegal to whip people who break rules set up by any community
in Solomon Islands.
Both the Commissioner and Mr Averre pointed out that this
practice must be stopped immediately because it is against the
national constitution and international law the world over [**] to
continue such practice, to inflict harm to a person by whipping
him or her.
Both men stressed that although it is still a traditional
practice by some in Solomon Islands, the law must always prevail
over custom and traditional practices which are not good for
At the meeting, the elders agreed to suggestions by some leaders
that instead of whipping offenders, they will in turn carry out
community work such as cleaning public roads and around public
buildings under the supervision of public officers.
Another item agreed on was the idea to re-establish the local
courts in each community to hear and deliberate on minor cases,
while those who committed offences prescribed under the common
law will have to be dealt with accordingly through the proper
** NOTE BY C.F.: This is completely untrue. It is against Solomon Islands law but not international law. There is nothing in international law that specifically outlaws corporal punishment.
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