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.
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.
Informed Investment in Somaliland's Justice Sector
From 15 December 2016 to 31 July 2017 Horizon Institute conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative data collection for a Baseline Study of Somaliland’s justice institutions to identify the most appropriate areas for investment by Somaliland and donors in the justice sector. The Baseline Study Report on Informed Investment in Somaliland’s Justice Sector is the product of this field research in all the regions of Somaliland.
"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.
A summary of Horizon Institute's forthcoming report, A Collective Responsibility: Children in Conflict with the Law,thatlooks at Somaliland's legal framework on justice for children, available data and perceptions among justice sector actors, social workers and the wider public about children in conflict with the law. It considers the opportunity presented by the customary justice system to provide diversion opportunities for children who would otherwise remain in the criminal justice system.
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.