The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, TRC, will hold its first national public hearing in Honiara next week.

In a public announcement, the TRC says the national public hearing is "one of the most significant activities of the Commission's work plan to accomplish their mission."

The Commission says the public hearings will give voice to victims of the ethnic tension who have had to silently endure abuses and crimes impossible to describe.

The Commission says it wishes to end the silence and make the country recognize their sufferings and feel their tragedy that has long been denied.

The public hearing will be conducted at the FFA Conference Centre next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sixteen people from Guadalcanal, Malaita, Western, Choiseul and other provinces are expected to give testimony to the TRC at the hearing.

The victims will not be allowed to name individual names but they are able to name groups.

The first national public hearing of the TRC comes almost a year after the Commission's establishment in April last year.