Somaliland:Opposition parties are allowed to hold Peaceful Assemblies and in accordance with the Law-High Court Rules
Above Picture Opposition leaders moments after the high court ruling
By Goth Mohamed Goth
Somaliland High court has today quashed a government ultimatum which prohibits local hotels from rent and hosting the opposition parties and Madasha proposed national consultation conference.
In a court case filed by the two official opposition political parties challenging a government ultimatum which prohibits local hotels from rent and hosting the opposition parties and Madasha proposed national consultation conference on Wednesday .
Chief justice Aden Haji Ali during a packed court session read the high court’s ruling –
- Opposition political organizations can and have the right to hold right assembly as stipulated in Somaliland constitution:-
Article 22: Political, Economic, Social and Electoral Rights
- Every citizen shall have the right to participate in the political, economic, social and cultural affairs in accordance with the laws and the Constitution.
- Every citizen who fulfills the requirements of the law shall have the right to be elected (to a public office) and to vote.
Article 23: Freedom of Movement and Association
- All citizens shall have the right to form, in accordance with the law, political, educational, cultural, social, and occupational or employees’ associations.
Article 32: Freedom of Public Demonstration, Expression of Opinion, Press and other Media
- Every citizen shall have the freedom, in accordance with the law, to express his opinions orally, visually, artistically or in writing or in any other way.
- Every citizen shall have the freedom, in accordance with the law, to organise or participate in any peaceful assembly or demonstration.
- The press and other media are part of the fundamental freedoms of expression and are independent. All acts to subjugate them are prohibited, and a law shall determine their regulation.
- All parties involved shall respect the laws of the land as stipulated in Somaliland constitution
Article 9: Political System
- The political system of the Republic of Somaliland shall be based on peace, co-operation, democracy and plurality of political parties.
- The number of political parties in the Republic of Somaliland shall not exceed three (3).
- A special law shall determine the procedures for the formation of a political party, but it is unlawful for any political party to be based on regionalism or clannish.
III. On the other hand, this courts orders all the political organizations and other relevant agencies to immediately solve their differences so as to find a solution to the current political crisis and pave way for the holding of free and fair elections in the country.
- All official political organizations in the country must adhere to the rules and laws of the country and also must work within the Good ethics laws during the electoral period and at all times.
- This court ruling was issued today 23rd of July, 2015.
- Chief Justice Aden Haji Ali Ahmed
On the other hand leaders of the two official opposition political parties have termed the High Court’s ruling as bold, rational and positive.
The Minister of Interior Hon Ali Mohamed Waran Cade speaking to the media moments after the court ruling said, “The High court ruling is final, they can now go ahead and hold their meetings whenever they like.