Combating Sexual Violence
Our work supports and promotes the effective prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence by Somaliland's criminal justice system.
We specialise in working with government institutions to enhance and develop the services they provide to citizens.
Improving Juvenile Justice
Our child justice initiatives range from training prosecutors and judges, to recommending amendments to Somaliland's Juvenile Justice Law.
Juvenile Justice Discussion Paper
Juvenile Violence and Delinquency in Somaliland: Why Incarceration is the Wrong Response
In the June 2018 report entitled Juvenile Violence and Delinquency in Somaliland: Why Incarceration is the Wrong Response, Horizon Institute details the justice sector’s current response to youth crime. This Discussion Paper is based on interviews carried out between 2014 and 2018 with police officers, prosecutors, judges, family members of juvenile detainees, and former and current child detainees in Somaliland.
Sexual and Gender Based Violence Report
Seeking Justice for Rape: The Role and Limitations of the Criminal Justice System
In the March 2018 report entitled Seeking Justice for Rape in Somaliland: The Role and Limitations of the Criminal Justice System, Horizon Institute documents multiple barriers to prosecuting rape. The 51-page report is based on over 100 interviews with judges, prosecutors, investigators, lawyers, village committee members, elders and health professionals from the urban and rural areas of all six regions of Somaliland between 2015 and 2018.
Rethinking customary law in Somaliland: specific jurisdiction for rape to promote post-conflict development"
An article published with JusticeInfo.net that looks into the use of customary law in Somaliland to resolve rape and whether establishing specific jurisdiction of the formal justice system over rape could be a starting point to improving the delivery of justice, and ultimately continuing Somaliland on the path of peace and prosperity.
Horizon conducted a seven-and-a-half-month quantitative and qualitative study of Somaliland's justice sector. The first of its kind, Horizon's Baseline Study provides the data necessary for justice sector institutions and international actors to design and implement lasting strategies to strengthen the rule of law and human rights protection in Somaliland.
The Somaliland Paralegal Project equips Somalilanders who cannot afford a lawyer with basic knowledge of criminal law and procedure so they can better navigate the criminal justice system and advocate for their rights.
With human rights being at the forefront of Horizon’s work, it builds in human right monitoring and human rights education to its work wherever possible. Under the Locally Driven Justice Project, Horizon will be conducting extensive human rights monitoring and research.