Somaliland CyberSpace Freedom of Speech Now

That Freedom Shall not Perish

"The fundamental rights of [humanity] are, first: the right of habitation; second, the right to move freely; third, the right to the soil and subsoil, and to the use of it; fourth, the right of freedom of labor and of exchange; fifth, the right to justice; sixth, the right to live within a natural national organization; and seventh, the right to education. -- Albert Schweitzer:

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." -- Dom Helder Camara

" Often the oppressor goes along unaware of the evil involved in his oppression so long as the oppressed accepts it. " -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with. -- Eleanor Holmes Norton

"Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I shall be honored to go to jail. Under a dictatorship, the detention cell is a place of honor. -- Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (Philippines)

"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. -- Barry Goldwater

"I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights. -- Bishop Desmond Tutu, quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

"It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home. -- Carl T. Rowan

"Silence never won rights. They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below. -- Roger Baldwin

Human Rights Conditions in Somalia/Somaliland Region

Independent Judiciary & Criminal Justice System

Promoting Free Expression

* Canadian Journalists for Free Expression An advocacy organization that defends the rights of journalists and contributes to the development of media freedom worldwide.

* The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) An advocacy organization that draws public attention to abuses against members of the press.

* International Federation of Journalists An organization that promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through international trade unions for journalists.

* International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) A coming together of International Freedom of Expression organizations to spotlight and combat abuses of press freedom.

* The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) A regional non-governmental organization based in Accra which defends and promotes media freedom in West Africa

* Reporters without Borders/Reporteurs Sans Frontiers (RSF) An association that spotlights abuses faced by journalists around the world.

Mainsreaming Gender

General Links

International Human Rights conventions