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The aim of this website is to disseminate information about the Constitution and laws of the REPUBLIC OF SOMALILAND. The full texts of the Constitution and some of the main laws are found here in English language, or in Somali, where no translation is currently available. The site will also contain news of the constitutional and legal developments in Somaliland, as well as commentaries and articles.
Somalilandlaw.com hopes to contribute, as far as possible, to the advancement of the Somaliland legal system, and the entrenchment of democracy and rule of law in Somaliland. We will support, in particular, projects and initiatives aimed at improving Somaliland legislation, the legal system and legal education, and those which promote respect for the rule of law and the entrenchment of human rights.
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WHAT IS NEW?
SOMALILAND ELECTORAL LAWS Handbook (264 pages) in English & Somali by Ibrahim Hashi Jama, available for free downloading from the Electoral Laws page.
Updated Pages: Local Gov’t Law 2007.... Voter Registration Law & Amendments (Also now in English)..... Electoral Commission
The Somaliland Juvenile Justice Law (Law No: 36/2007) has now come into force as from 21 April 2008: Somali text and an English language introduction.
The Organisation of the Judiciary Law (Law no 24/03 & 06): This Bill was initially passed by the House of Representatives in 2003 and again in 2006 and was returned again by the President. The President’s amendments were finally passed by the House, on 16 March 2008, which could not muster the two thirds majority it required to push through the bill unscathed. The Bill is now in force.
House of Elders Resolution on 10/04/2008 extending the Presidential term by one year.
Somaliland Voter Registration Law (Law No: 37/2007): Somali text of the final law passed in July 2007 and, now, as updated in 2008.
Jamhuuriya Interview with Somalilandlaw.com editor before the Guurti
Term extension decision - “Nabad xumid aan dalka ka jirini ma keeneyso Muddo kordhin distoori ah, laakin Muddo kordhin aan distoori aheyn ayaa nabad xumi dalka u keeneysa” -“Disorder that does not exist in the country will not bring about a constitutional term extension, but an unconstitutional term extension may lead to disorder”.
Somaliland Local Government Re-organisation through Presidential Decrees in an Election Year - An article (large pdf file) : 06/04/2008
Somaliland Cross-Party Parliamentary Group: Formation (November 2007), Press Releases and visit to UK (February 2008)
New or Updated Pages:
Electoral Commission .... Electoral Laws .... Environmental Laws ...
Courts of Law re-established in Las Anod, the Sool regional centre 31/12/2007
Somaliland National Human Rights Commission Bill submitted to the House by the Gov’t in November 2007: Text in Somali
Jamhuuriya (Online) interview setting out Somalilandlaw.com editor’s comments on this Bill: 06/01/2007 (in Somali)
The new Somaliland Press & Publications Bill 2007: Text & comments
(Somaliland.com urges the Representatives to reject this Bill completely and recommends instead the adoption of eight steps to strengthen press independence) - Somalilandlaw.com Editorial on this Bill: 07/01/2008
Protests about Somaliland Government’s “take-over” of the Somaliland Human Rights Network - SHURO-Net
Notes of APD forum on the Somaliland Constitution: facilitated by Mr Michael Walls in August 2007
The Delayed Release of the three QARAN Leaders: An article exploring Somaliland law relating to presidential powers of “pardon & amnesty” 23/09/2007 (Update: The politicians were released on 18/12/2007)
Election Law Amendments 2007 Commentary Somalilandlaw.com Comments on the Somaliland Presidential & Local Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill 2007. (Update: This Bill was rejected by the House of Elders and has now lapsed).
Politicians Arrested: The imprisonment of the three leaders of a new Somaliland political association, QARAN, on 28 July 2007 has led to wide spread condemnation - see for example the Press Releases from:
SHURO-NET Somaliland Forum
Somaliland Presidential & Local Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill 2007-
Text in Somali .
Somaliland Lawyers Association (SOLLA) Call for the abolition of the extra-judicial powers of the Somaliland Security Committees: Communique 07/06/2007
Shuro-Net Statement on the legal challenge of the extra-judicial powers of the Security Committees (23/05/07)
Somaliland Media Law: A Concept Paper by Associate Dean, Adam Haji Ali Ahmed, of HARGEISA UNIVERSITY LAW FACULTY.
Launch of the Somaliland Freedom of Expression Fund (Art.32 Fund)
Campaign to abolish the extra-judicial activities of Somaliland Security Committees
The Sheikh Concordat – Settling Constitutional Disputes in the Somaliland Way?- Article by Ibrahim Hashi Jama written in December 2006 and published in the Somaliland Focus Bulletin (www.somalilandfocus.org.uk)