About Us


Center for Somali Peace and Justice is a Minnesota-based non-profit, membership organization.  Our mission is to create a just and peaceful Somalia. To this end, we work on the interconnected issues of economic, justice, peace, and human rights through education, advocacy, training, non-violent activism and community organizing.


A peaceful Somalia where people across the country can live and prosper free from fear and want in a state committed to peace and justice. Where the rights of the indviduals are respected, and where all groups, tribes, and communities are granted their rights to non-discrimination, equality and justice.


•To prevent human rights violations and protect those at risk;

•To hold perpetrators of serious violations and international crimes to account;

•To ensure effective access to justice and to obtain reparation for victims of gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law, particularly crimes committed agains women and children; and

•To entrench human rights in Somali governance, society and culture.


•Use of strategic litigation and to provide legal assistance to individuals and groups to defend their rights and freedoms, and to seek and obtain reparation;

•Advocacy for, and technical support to, advance legal and institutional reforms aimed at implementing international human rights standards and making constitutional rights effective;

•Advocacy for, and provision of support to, efforts to use mechanisms designed to hold perpetrators of serious violations of human rights and international crimes to account;

•Monitoring, documenting and reporting on human rights violation in all Somali regions;

•Provision of legal and human rights education and training as well as media campaigns to raise awareness of the rights and freedoms of individuals and groups, and to foster a culture of human rights.