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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 13, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Amnesty International's annual country report on the Solomon Islands has detailed grisly accounts of alleged torture and murder by both sides in the ethnic conflict.

Radio Australia correspondent Sean Dorney reports that Amnesty is concerned that the Townsville Peace Agreement signed in October makes no provision for investigations of human rights violations.

"Amnesty International claims the severed head of Malaitan man was displayed at an Isatabu Freedom Movement roadblock last year not long after the headless body of a Guadalcanal man was dumped in the Honiara market.

"It says both the Malaitan militia, the MEF, and the Guadalcanal militia, the IFM, resorted to torture.

"It quotes one report alleging that in April last year the MEF abducted a Guadalcanal man who was later seen at an MEF camp suspended by wire, bleeding and bearing the marks of severe beatings. Amnesty says his body was found several days later.

"In June, it says, two Malaitan men were tortured by an IFM splinter group notorious for its use of violence. It claims they were paraded through villages before being killed and buried.

"Both parties to the conflict, Amnesty says, failed to respect the principles of international humanitarian law.

"Sean Dorney, Radio Australia"

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