Human Rights Centre exists to defend and protect the rights of human beings.


Somaliland, place where human rights are protected, promoted, respected and fulfill.

The Human Rights Centre (HRC) is a non-profit organization established in January 2013 with the aim of contributing to the protection and promotion of human rights in Somaliland.   HRC was founded by lawyers who are inspired by the Bill of Rights in the Somaliland Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is registered with the Somaliland government as a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization. HRC was formed to cover the need for documentation and advocacy on human rights to help maintain the gains made by Somaliland’s nascent democracy. The central policy of Human Rights Centre is creating and fostering a culture of voluntary human rights activism where committed human rights defenders with passion contribute to the protection, promotion and realization of human rights.

Our Values

We uphold the values of honesty, justice, and integrity for all. We aim to work with transparency and accountability, commitment and discipline. We encourage creative participation understanding the need for sustainability and respect for all. We will continue to strive for impartially and independence while placing great value on confidentiality. We also appreciate the importance of volunteering which forms the foundations of our organization.


Areas of Operation

HRC helps and works for the people of Somaliland. It focuses on vulnerable people, women, the poor, minority clans and victims of human rights abuses. HRC directs most of its attention to abuses committed by the state. The areas HRC works on include, but are not limited to, police brutality, freedom of media and expression, sexual and gender based violence, illegal detentions, the death penalty, and freedom of assembly.


Organizational Structure

The Board of Directors

HRC is governed by a board of directors. The majority of the board members are female human rights defenders and this is the main organ that runs the organization. It sets the long and short term objectives of the organization, prepares strategies and courses of action for developing the objectives forming policies, procedures, and rules to implement strategies and plans.


The Chairperson

The Chairperson plays a leadership role and is responsible for coordination, fundraising, communication and ensuring that the organization is performing its mission. The Chairperson reports to the Board of Directors.


The Executive Director (ED)

The ED is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. The ED carries out the organizational management including human resources, financial management, day-to-day duties, and overall operations. The ED reports to the Chairperson.

The Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all the projects of the Centre. The Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director. The staff and volunteers work under the supervision of the Program Coordinator.

Finance and Administrative Officer (FAO)

The FAO performs all accounting tasks as well as a wide range of complex professional accounting duties in the analysis, preparation and maintenance of financial records and reports. The FAO makes complex and difficult accounting analyses and reports and performs related duties as assigned. The FAO is responsible for providing staff and volunteers administrative support and managing their queries. Main duties include managing office stock, preparing regular reports (e.g. expenses and office budgets) and organizing records. The FAO reports to the Executive Director.

The Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee brings unique knowledge and skills which augment those of the Board of Directors in order to more effectively guide the organization. The Advisory Committee provides the organization with their professional expertise, diverse knowledge, connections to local, national or international resources, colleagues or peers, their philanthropic support or other forms of needed assistance. The Advisory Committee has no governing function within the organization.