SOLOMON ISLANDS URGED TO END SAFE HAVEN

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Amnesty International says Solomons could harbor criminals

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 8, 2009) - Amnesty International is urging Solomon Islands to end its status as a safe haven for crimes under international law.

It’s calling on the government to ensure that crimes against humanity, some war crimes, torture, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances are defined as crimes under national law.

It also wants these crimes to be grounds for extradition of foreigners.

Amnesty says the Solomons should make the changes as part of what it calls "the fight against impunity for the worst imaginable crimes".

The human rights organisation claims that until changes are made the Pacific island nation could be used by criminals as a haven against extradition or prosecution.

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