Politics

Solomon Islands will now join China, Iran, Syria and North Korea as outlawing Facebook. Other countries have temporarily blocked it, including the island nation of Nauru which prohibited Facebook in 2015 but unblocked access in 2018.

Facebook Ban is an Attack on Human Rights: Civil Society

Civil Society Organisations in the Solomon Islands are utterly disappointed with the Cabinet’s decision to suspend the world’s biggest social networking site, Facebook.
Hon. Wale points out that using limitations in current laws for the quarantining of persons suspected of carrying the Covid-19 virus is no longer a justifiable ground for the ongoing extension of the State of Public Emergency (SoPE).

Extending SoPE is Not the Only Answer: Wale

Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale says, the government has to accept that Covid-19 is going to be here for a while, and the country needs to adjust to it and return to normalcy, instead of relying on State of Public Emergencies (SoPE) to deal with the effects brought about by the global pandemic.
Prime Minister Sogavare says this will be achieved through efficient management, utilization, and protection of the country’s natural resources.

PM Announces Plans to Broaden Economic Base

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has announced the Government’s 5 objectives under its redirection policy to sustain and grow an inclusive broad-based economy.
The Governor General by a Proclamation has declared last night that a state of public emergency exists in Solomon Islands.

Governor General Extends State of Public Emergency

The Governor General, His Excellency, Sir David Vunagi has extended the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) last night for a further 4 months following the expiry of the country’s second SOPE on November 24.
State of Public Emergency Extended

State of Public Emergency Extended

The State of Public Emergency (SOPE) expires today.