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Australia's Recognition for Somaliland's independence

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To the Honourable Tony Abbott MP, The Honourable Madam Speaker, The Hon Julie Bishop MP       and members of the House of Representatives

 

This petition is for Australia to stand up and recognise the independence of Somaliland as a Sovereign state.   

In 1960, Somaliland gained its independence from Great Britain and was recognized as a sovereign state by 35 nations, including all five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. Just a week later, the government of Somaliland chose to unite with Somalia to create a "Greater Somalia." The central government in Mogadishu brutally repressed the people of Somaliland, killing 50,000 of its citizens, displacing another 500,000, bombing its cities.

In 1991, the people of Somaliland revoked the Act of Union and declared the independent Republic of Somaliland based on the borders of the former British Protectorate of Somaliland.

 

The government of Somaliland stands steadfastly with the world in the fight against terror and readily share security information, The Government strictly enforces the UN arms embargo against Somalia and Somaliland has eradicated piracy in its coastal waters through aggressive law enforcement. Today's Somaliland is a state where there is peace and stability but even after more than two decades sovereignty remains unrecognized by the international community.

 

Australia i feel is a country built on the backs of individuals that lead the struggle for the freedom of expression, association, assembly, communication religion, democracy and independence. We are a nation of people who believe in the struggle of others and when help is asked for we are the first to reply, it's the Australian way.

Australia’s approach to human rights and freedoms reflects its liberal democratic ideals and a belief in the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all people, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Australia also engages actively in UN human rights mechanisms and supports developing countries in improving human rights standards, particularly through providing significant support for the promotion of democratic institutions.

As a sister country to Great Britian i feel Australia should recognise Somalilands Idependence just as Britian did in the sixties as a independent sovereign state and help the counrty move forward.

 

Sincerely

Graham Bell 

Let the Australian Government and the world know we want word recognition for Somaliland.

21 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT RECOGNITION

Australia is a multicultural country. Australia's multicultural policy embraces our shared values and cultural traditions. We are a nation built on diversity, acceptance and change. Let the Australian Government know that we will recognise Somaliland as an independant state, We will recognise Somalilands Sovereignty.

Somaliland is a de facto independent state, which is regarded by all forgein governments as part of Somalia. The country's self-declared independence remains unrecognised by the international community.

Somaliland issues its own passports.They are not recognized as national passports by any country, but the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, South Africa, South Sudan, Kenya,Djibouti and Ethiopia accept them as unofficial travel documents

In 1988 the Siad Barre regime committed atrocities against the people of Somaliland which began an all out Civil War. After the collapse of the central government in 1991, the local government led by the Somali National Movement declared independance from the rest of Somalia in May of the same year.

Since then the territory has been governed by an administration that seeks self-determinationas the Repuplic of Somaliland. Somaliland's self proclaimed independance remains unrecognised by any country or international organization.

The change needs to come and it needs to come now....The reason I started this petition was through a young woman who came to Australia for facial reconstruction surgery, on her journey here was  Dr. Edna Aden of the Edna Hospital in  Hargeisa, Somaliland. The story of war and struggle for the people of Somaliland was told to me and i feel that we here in Australia are a nation  that recognises the struggle of others and when someone askes for help we Aussies are the first to respond. But this is not just about Australia the World needs to take action, as an individual its hard to be heard but as many Governments listen.

"It only takes one person to notice another to make a difference"

Graham Bell

Melbourne, Australia 

WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE, THE POWER OF MANY CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

TWENTY ONE YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT RECOGNITION

http://www.academia.edu/3818062/TWENTY_ONE_YEARS_OF_INDEPENDENCE_WITHOUT_RECOGNITION_REPUBLIC_OF_SOMALILAND

by Maarif Taheera

Former First Lady of Somalia

A Different Kind of Independence Day Posted: 05/15/2014 1:34 pm EDT Updated: 05/15/2014 5:59 pm EDT Print Article  
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In the quest for independence, there are good days and there are bad days. May 18th is a good day. On May 18th, our Independence Day, the people of Somaliland will be filled with hope and renewed determination. Our Independence Day serves as a token of all that we've achieved thus far on the road to sovereignty, and as an aching reminder of our aspiration for recognition of our independence -- an aspiration that remains unfulfilled.

Let's begin with a brief history.

In 1960, Somaliland gained its independence from Great Britain and was recognized as a sovereign state by 35 nations, including all five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. Five days later, the government of Somaliland chose to unite with Somalia to create a "Greater Somalia." But this union proved to be catastrophic. The central government in Mogadishu brutally repressed the people of Somaliland, killing 50,000 of its citizens, displacing another 500,000, bombing its cities and laying over 1 million land mines on its territory.

In 1991, the people of Somaliland revoked the Act of Union and declared the independent Republic of Somaliland based on the borders of the former British Protectorate of Somaliland.

Since that time, Somaliland has developed into a dynamic and stable democracy. A formal constitution was approved in 2001 by 97.7 percent of the population in a national referendum assessed by international observers as free and fair. Our constitution guarantees the separation of powers and the protection of active political opposition, a free and diverse media, and fundamental human rights and civil liberties. Nationwide local and parliamentary elections are held regularly. Presidential elections took place in 2003 and 2012, and resulted in a peaceful transfer of power.

From the vantage point of the United States, Somaliland has been on the right side of all the important issues. Our government stands steadfastly with America in the fight against terror and we readily share security information, we strictly enforce the UN arms embargo against Somalia, and Somaliland has eradicated piracy in its coastal waters through aggressive law enforcement. Internally, we have disbanded clan militias and incorporated them into our official police and military structures.

In the ever troubled Horn of Africa, Somaliland stands out. We are the exception. We are democratic, we are stable, we are peaceful, and we are a place in which a woman can raise to the top levels of civil society and government, like I did.

Yet to this day, and to my continued astonishment, our sovereignty remains unrecognized by the international community. By the silent consent of leaders around the globe, we are forced to exist within the precarious confines of Somalia.

As I write this, I realize that some may say we haven't the independence to account for an Independence Day. But I say that we already have all the makings of independence, and the evidence is right here in Somaliland for the world to see. If only the world would look our way.

Edna Adan is the former First Lady of Somalia.

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