Solomon Islands’ illegal Australian occupation

This video is the national anthem of the Solomon Islands.

By Patrick O’Connor in Australia:

Solomon Islands’ parliamentary review highlights illegality of Australian occupation

14 October 2008

A parliamentary review currently underway into the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has shed further light on the illegal character of the Australian-dominated intervention force. The Solomons’ review committee has received a number of submissions from legal experts and senior political figures explaining different aspects of RAMSI’s contravention of the country’s constitution.

The inquiry, conducted by the parliamentary foreign relations committee and headed by government MP Laurie Chan, commenced hearings on September 24 and is scheduled to report its findings to parliament by November 14. The review marks the first time that the intervention force’s operations and legal underpinnings have been assessed by a Solomon Islands’ body.

In July 2003, just four months after the US-led invasion of Iraq, the former Australian government of Prime Minister John Howard dispatched more than 2,000 soldiers, federal police, and officials to the Solomons. While cloaked in humanitarian rhetoric about the need to rescue a “failed” or “failing” state, the intervention was driven by Canberra’s concern to maintain its long-standing dominance amid heightened great power rivalry in the region. The Howard government openly dispensed with concerns for international law and national sovereignty, just as the Bush administration had done in Iraq, and the Solomons takeover was heralded as a new model for potential interventions in neighbouring Pacific countries.

The United Nations never endorsed the RAMSI intervention.

See also here.

In a major blow to the Australian government, the Commission of Inquiry report into the 2006 riots recommends that the legal basis of the Australian-dominated occupation force, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, be revised and that immunity of RAMSI personnel from local laws be revoked: here.

International constitutional lawyer and former Solomon Islands attorney general Julian Moti is challenging statutory rape charges now being heard in the Australian judicial system as trumped-up and politically motivated: here.

Former Solomon Islands attorney general challenges Australian government. Evidence backs Julian Moti’s allegation of “politically-motivated” charges: here. And here.

The Queensland Supreme Court has heard allegations that witnesses called by counsel for the former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti were threatened with the termination of their employment if they gave evidence: here.

The Australian media has imposed an effective blackout on proceedings brought before the Queensland Supreme Court by former Solomon Islands’ Attorney General Julian Moti: here.

In Queensland’s Supreme Court, defence counsel for former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti condemned Australian authorities for “bringing the administration of justice into disrepute”: here.

Australian government prosecutors suffer significant blow in Moti case: here.

Hearings over the past two days have been dominated by two key issues—Australian complicity with lawyer Julian Moti’s allegedly unlawful removal from the Solomons in December 2007, and the staggering amounts of money paid to members of the alleged victim’s family: here.

Defence counsel for former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti issued its closing submission to the Queensland Supreme Court on Friday: here.

A report released by the Solomon Islands’ parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee last Thursday brushes aside many serious issues regarding the legal status of the immunity of RAMSI personnel from Solomons’ law: here.

Conor Foley’s new book, The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War: here.

In a blatant act of political censorship, Australian officials organising the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) denied media accreditation to World Socialist Web Site journalists, Patrick O’Connor and Richard Phillips, to cover the three-day event: here.

Despite earlier statements from a number of Pacific governments expressing disquiet over Canberra’s stance on a range of issues, every Forum member state toed the line and signed the final summit communiqué drafted by the Australian government: here.

Turks and Caicos Islands undergo a very British coup: here.

3 thoughts on “Solomon Islands’ illegal Australian occupation

  1. Colonial master to end cabinet

    TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS: The London-appointed governor of the islands has said that Britain is poised to dissolve the cabinet and legislature of the Caribbean territory following a corruption inquiry that found “clear signs of political amorality and immaturity.”

    In a televised address, Governor Gordon Wetherell said that an order had been drafted to suspend parts of the British territory’s constitution and transfer the authority of government ministers to him.


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