About the SLNHRC
The Somaliland National Human Rights Commission (SLNHRC) is a statutory body established by an
Act of Parliament No. 39/2010 entitled “The Somaliland National Human Rights Commission Act.”
The Act which entered into force on December 2010 saw the full establishment of the commission,
clarification of the mandate, functions and institutional structure of the Commission.
The Commission had been put in place in 2005 by the former administration in Somaliland
but had never been fully established nor was its mandate, functions and institutional structure
put in place by law as otherwise required by the Paris Principles. The election of a new government
in June 2010 and subsequent appointment of a new cabinet saw the appointment of a new interim
chair of the commission and have now passed the Human Rights Commission Act.
The Act provides for the functional, operational and independence of the institution in (Article 2 and Article 33(2)).
SLNHRC envisions a democratic Somaliland, where human rights, freedoms and tenets of social justice are upheld.
To lead the protection and promotion of human rights and develop a culture of respect and responsibility for human rights by governments and all people in Somaliland.
The Somaliland National Human Rights Commission Act No.39/2010 indicated the Commission’s powers in the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights.
Article 38 of the Somaliland National Human Rights Commission Act requires the Commission to submit to the President and the Houses of the representatives and elders, a report on the Commission’s activities each year.