People in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Editorial credit: Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock.com

Somaliland*

Somaliland—whose self-declared independence from Somalia is not internationally recognized—has seen a consistent erosion of political rights and civic space. Journalists and public figures face pressure from authorities. Minority clans are subject to political and economic marginalization, and violence against women remains a serious problem.

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Freedom in the World — Somaliland Country Report

Somaliland is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

* Indicates a territory as opposed to an independent country.