Wednesday, 4 February 2009 4:29 PM

Archbishop Tutu to Visit Solomon Islands

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa will be in Solomon Islands to help set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the country.

Instrumental in the set up of the TRC in South Africa following the Apartheid, Archbishop Tutu is invited by the Solomon Islands Government to set up the country's TRC office.

Archbishop Tutu is expected to arrive at the end of April.

Minister of Education, Matthew Wale, said the invitation for Archbishop Tutu's visit was part of the government's commitment towards peace and reconciliation.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and is currently the chairman of The Global Elders.

He is vocal in his defense of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed.

Archbishop Tutu also campaigns to fight TB, HIV and AIDS, poverty and racism.

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, and the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007.

Solomon Times was informed that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will take up half of the building next to Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel in Honiara.

###TIME###