LAW's Executive Director Antonia Mulvey has praised the Somaliland House of Elders, the autonomous region's Upper House of Parliament, on their passage of the sexual offences bill, which will criminalise rape in Somaliland for the first time. "This new law represents an essential step in providing justice for victims of sexual violence in Somaliland." The bill was passed by the lower house in January this year, and now awaits assent before taking effect.
This is the first comprehensive report about legal aid services for survivors of gender based violence (GBV) in Somalia. The report identifies who is doing what, where and how. It provides an overview of the legal frameworks in place, key successes that can be replicated and recommendations on how immense challenges can be overcome.