Office of Somalia Human Rights Defender

Garowe, Somalia
Joined May 2022

Office of Puntland Human Rights Defender works in Puntland Regions of Somalia. Pr. Activities: 1. Capacity Building Program on human rights 2. Media campaign on human rights in remote districts

Presence in: Somalia
Focus: Women's Rights
  • The office was established in November 2014 after the President signed it into the Law. In accordance with Article 118 of the Constitution of Puntland State of Somalia and Article 12 of the Human Rights Defender Act of 2011, The Human Right Defender plays key broad mandates including promoting, representing, defending, and reporting all concerns of human rights
  • Vision: A society where human dignity is protected by law and everyone is aware of their rights.Mission: To ensure everyone in Puntland have their rights protected, respected, and observedOPHRD Mandate

    In accordance with the article 118 of the Constitution of Puntland State of Somalia and article 12 of the Human Right Defender Act of 2011, the Office of the Human Right Defender carries out the following key mandates;

    • To prevent violations of human rights by providing advice to the relevant authorities
    • To protect and promote human rights that are enshrined in the constitution and other related laws
    • To support victims whose Human Rights are violated and defend them in court or in public.
    • To appoint special committees that help the defender to fulfill his/her duties.
    • To monitor places where he/she suspects human rights violations have been or taking place.
    • To advocate the reform of laws or administrative procedures in order to increase the protection and respect of human rights.
    • To issue an annual report on the condition of human rights in Puntland State (PS).
    • To submit proposed legislation to the council of ministries related to human rights.
    • To interrogate any person who has linked/interfere with any ongoing investigation issues that the office is dealing with.