The Rights of the Child in Solomon Islands' Plural Legal System
J Corrin, 'The Rights of the Child in Solomon Islands' Plural Legal System' in Jancic, Olga Cvejic (eds), The Rights of the Child in a Changing World (Springer, Switzerland 2015) 263-292
Posted: 13 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 12, 2015
Solomon Islands is made up of 26 islands and hundreds of islets, lying about 1600 km north-east of Australia. It has a land area of 30,000 km , about the same size as Belgium, and is spread out in a 1360 km long, double chain. The country has a population of about 516,000, with over 80 vernacular languages spoken. About 80 % of people live in rural areas. Solomon Islands was a British protectorate from 1893 until 1978, when it became an independent member of the Commonwealth. It has a Westminster style of State government, coexisting with a traditional chiefly system. From 1999 to 2002, Solomon Islands endured civil strife. This worsened the countries’ economic problems. Levels of poverty are still rising and a large number of children are affected by this. Added to the logistical and language barriers, this has made it very difficult for Solomon Islands to make any progress in living up to its international law commitments.
JEL Classification: K00
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