Hargeisa- On Saturday, 14th October 2017, the Centre for Policy Analysis, a think based in Hargeisa, organized a dialogue meeting to discuss the contents of the Somaliland Citizenship Act which the human rights activists call a discriminatory law.
"The law provides that women of Somaliland citizen will lose her citizenship if she marries a foreign male and at same time accepts his citizenship, and also if she married to a husband who has renounced his Somaliland Citizenship and acquired another citizenship she shall lose her citizenship unless the husband was a refugee,” says Hibak Ibrahim Gamute, a lawyer and director of the Centre for Policy Analysis.
"In this provision, women’s status was linked to the men’s status where the nationality of women depends on the nationality of men and her nationality is changed as the man’s nationality changes,” she adds.
"Nationality is a human rights. Every person has a right to nationality irrespective of gender,” says Samira Dayib, the Program Coordinator of Human Rights Centre.
"Somaliland Citizenship law gives priority to men lineal descendants, whether by birth or neutralization,” Hibak says.
"Somaliland Citizenship Law is discriminatory, biased and contrary to Somaliland constitution, the international law, and the interest of the people of Somaliland,” Hibak concludes.