Partially recognised state of Western Sahara

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

  • República Árabe Saharaui Democrática  (Spanish)
  • الجمهورية العربية الصحراوية الديمقراطية (Arabic)
Flag of Western Sahara

Coat of arms of Western Sahara

Motto: الحرية والديمقراطية والوحدة
“Libertad, Democracia, Unidad” (Spanish)
“Liberté, Démocratie, Unité” (French)

“Liberty, Democracy, Unity”

Anthem: Yā Banīy As-Saharā
¡Oh hijos del Sáhara! (Spanish)
O fils du Sahara! (French)

Oh Sons of the Sahara
Areas controlled by the SADR in dark green, claimed but uncontrolled areas in light green

Areas managed by the SADR in darkish inexperienced, claimed however uncontrolled areas in mild inexperienced
Largest Laayoune (claimed)
Official languages
Faith Sunni Islam
Authorities One-party semi-presidential republic[3]
Brahim Ghali
Mohamed Wali Akeik
Legislature Sahrawi Nationwide Council
Sovereignty disputed with Morocco
November 14, 1975

• Republic declared

February 27, 1976

• Whole

266,000 km2 (103,000 sq mi) (83rd)

• Water (%)


• September 2010 estimate

100,000 or 502,585c (182nd)

• Density

0.37 or 1.9/km2 (1.Zero or 4.9/sq mi) (236th)
GDP (PPP) estimate

• Per capita

Foreign money
Time zone UTC
Web TLD Nonee
  1. Article Four of the Sahrawi structure. The SADR authorities is predicated within the Tindouf refugee camps in Algeria. It controls the realm east of the Moroccan Wall in Western Sahara which it labels the “Free Zone“.
  2. Space of the entire territory of Western Sahara claimed by SADR.
  3. 500,000 is the estimate given for the inhabitants of Western Sahara primarily based on comparative research of inhabitants progress since 1975, the date when the final census befell in Western Sahara. 100,000 is the estimated variety of individuals dwelling within the Tindouf refugee camps in Algeria the place the SADR is headquartered.
  4. 75% to 80% of the claimed territory is de facto beneath Moroccan administration.
  5. TLD of .eh is reserved for Western Sahara however not but granted to any claimant.[4]

The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (; SADR; additionally romanized with Saharawi; Spanish: República Árabe Saharaui Democrática; Arabic: الجمهورية العربية الصحراوية الديمقراطيةal-Jumhūrīyah al-‘Arabīyah aṣ-Ṣaḥrāwīyah ad-Dīmuqrāṭīyah), is a partially acknowledged de facto sovereign state positioned within the western Maghreb, which claims the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, however controls solely the easternmost one-fifth of that territory. Till 1976, Western Sahara was referred to as Spanish Sahara, a Spanish colony (later an abroad province).

The SADR was proclaimed by the Polisario Entrance (a former socialist liberation drive which has since reformed its ideological and political opinions) on February 27, 1976, in Bir Lehlou, Western Sahara. The SADR authorities controls about 20–25% of the territory it claims.[5] It calls the territories beneath its management the Liberated Territories or the Free Zone. Morocco controls and administers the remainder of the disputed territory, and calls these lands its Southern Provinces. The SADR authorities considers the Moroccan-held territory to be occupied territory, whereas Morocco considers the a lot smaller SADR-held territory to be a buffer zone.[citation needed] The claimed capital of the SADR is former Western Sahara capital El-Aaiún, whereas the non permanent capital moved from Bir Lehlou to Tifariti in 2008.

The SADR maintains diplomatic relations with 40 UN states, and is a full member of the African Union.


The identify Sahrawi derives from the romanization of the Arabic phrase Ṣaḥrāwī صحراوي, that means “Inhabitant of the Desert“. The phrase Ṣaḥrāwī صحراوي then is derived from the Arabic phrase Ṣaḥrā’ (صحراء), that means desert.

Historical past[edit]

Following the Spanish evacuation, consequence of the Moroccan Inexperienced March, Spain, Morocco, and Mauritania signed the Madrid Accords on November 14, 1975, six days earlier than Franco handed away, resulting in each Morocco and Mauritania shifting in to annex the territory of Western Sahara. On 26 February 1976, Spain knowledgeable the United Nations (UN) that as of that date it had terminated its presence in Western Sahara and relinquished its obligations, leaving no Administering Energy.[6] Neither Morocco nor Mauritania gained worldwide recognition, and struggle ensued with the independence-seeking Polisario Entrance. The UN considers the Polisario Entrance to be the reliable consultant of the Sahrawi individuals, and maintains that the individuals of Western Sahara have a proper to “self-determination and independence”.[7]

The creation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic was proclaimed on February 27, 1976, because the Polisario declared the necessity for a brand new entity to fill what they thought-about a political void left by the departing Spanish colonizers. Whereas the claimed capital is the previous Western Sahara capital El-Aaiún (which is in Moroccan-controlled territory), the proclamation was made within the government-in-exile‘s provisional capital, Bir Lehlou, which remained in Polisario-held territory beneath the 1991 ceasefire (see Settlement Plan). On February 27, 2008, the provisional capital was formally moved to Tifariti.[8][9] Day-to-day enterprise, nonetheless, is carried out within the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf Province, Algeria, which home a lot of the Sahrawi exile group.


A brand new 1999 Structure of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic took a type much like the parliamentary constitutions of many European states, however with some paragraphs suspended till the achievement of “full independence”. Amongst key factors, the head of state is constitutionally the Secretary Common of the Polisario Entrance throughout what’s known as the “pre-independence part”, with provision within the structure that on independence, Polisario is meant to be dismantled or separated utterly from the federal government construction. Provisions are detailed for a transitory part starting with independence, through which the current SADR is meant to behave as Western Sahara’s authorities, ending with a constitutional reform and eventual institution of a state alongside the strains specified within the structure.

The broad pointers laid down within the structure for an eventual Western Saharan state embody eventual multi-party democracy with a market financial system. The structure additionally defines Sahrawis as a Muslim, African and Arab individuals.[10] The Structure additionally declares a dedication to the ideas of human rights and to the idea of a Larger Maghreb, as a regional variant of Pan-Arabism.

Authorities construction[edit]

Since August 1982, the very best workplace of the republic has been the President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, a submit held by the secretary-general of the Polisario Entrance, presently Brahim Ghali,[11] who appoints the Prime Minister, presently Mohamed Wali Akeik. The SADR’s authorities construction consists of a Council of Ministers (a cupboard led by the Prime Minister), a judicial department (with judges appointed by the President) and the parliamentary Sahrawi Nationwide Council (SNC; the current speaker is Kathri Aduh). Since its inception in 1976, the varied constitutional revisions have reworked the republic from an advert hoc managerial construction into one thing approaching an precise governing equipment. From the late 1980s the parliament started to take steps to institute a division of powers and to disentangle the republic’s buildings from these of the Polisario Entrance, though with out clear impact so far.

Its varied ministries are chargeable for a wide range of providers and features. The judiciary, full with trial courts, appeals courts and a supreme courtroom, operates in the identical areas. As a government-in-exile, many branches of presidency don’t totally operate, and has affected the constitutional roles of the establishments. Establishments parallel to authorities buildings even have arisen inside the Polisario Entrance, which is fused with the SADR’s governing equipment, and with operational competences overlapping between these occasion and governmental establishments and workplaces. A 2012 report talked about the existence of the Sahrawi Bar Affiliation.[12] In 2016, the bar affiliation (going by the identify Union of Sahrawi Attorneys) issued a report calling for the implementation of political and civil rights.[13] Sadly, there is no such thing as a clear indication as to how sure demographic teams, equivalent to ladies, have fared within the authorized area.

The SNC is weak in its legislative function, having been instituted as a primarily consultative and consensus-building establishment, but it surely has strengthened its theoretical legislative and controlling powers throughout later constitutional revisions. Amongst different issues, it has added a ban on the loss of life penalty to the structure, and introduced down the federal government in 1999 by means of a vote of no-confidence.

The composition of the Sahrawi Nationwide Council is as follows:

Space of authority[edit]

The SADR acted as a authorities administration within the Sahrawi refugee camps positioned within the Tindouf Province of western Algeria. It’s headquartered in Camp Rabouni, south of Tindouf, though some official occasions have taken place in cities within the Free Zone, together with the provisional capitals, first Bir Lehlou till 2008, then Tifariti. The federal government of the SADR claims sovereignty over the entire Western Sahara territory, however has management solely inside the Free Zone. A number of international assist companies, together with the UN Excessive Fee for Refugees, and nongovernmental organizations are frequently lively within the camps.

Worldwide recognition and membership[edit]

As of March 2020, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic has been acknowledged by 85 states. Of those, 44 have since “frozen” or “withdrawn” recognition for various causes. A complete of 40 UN states keep diplomatic relations with the SADR, whereas an additional 7 additionally recognise the state. Sahrawi embassies exist in 18 states.

Though it isn’t recognised by the UN, the SADR has held full membership of the African Union (AU, previously the Organisation of African Unity, OAU) since 1982. Morocco withdrew from the OAU in protest throughout 1984, and from the time of South Africa‘s admittance to the OAU in 1994 was the one African UN member not additionally a member of the AU, till it was readmitted on 30 January 2017.[14] The SADR participates as a visitor in conferences of the Non-Aligned Motion[15][16] and the New Asian–African Strategic Partnership,[17][18] over Moroccan objections to SADR participation.[19] However, Morocco’s declare to Western Sahara is supported by the Arab League.[20][21]

Methods to indicate Western Sahara in maps

The SADR additionally participated in a convention of the Everlasting Convention of Political Events of the Latin American and the Caribbean (COPPPAL) in 2006;[22] the SADR ambassador to Nicaragua participated within the opening convention of the Central American Parliament in 2010,[23] and a SADR delegation participated within the assembly of COPPPAL and Worldwide Convention of Asian Political Events in Mexico Metropolis in 2012.[24]

On 27 February 2011, the 35th anniversary of the proclamation of SADR was held in Tifariti, Western Sahara. Delegations, together with parliamentarians, ambassadors, NGOs and activists from many international locations participated on this occasion.[25][26]

The SADR just isn’t a member of the Arab League, nor of the Arab Maghreb Union, each of which embody Morocco as a full member.

Proposed Western Sahara Authority[edit]

Underneath the Baker Plan created by James Baker, former UN Secretary-Common Kofi Annan‘s private envoy to Western Sahara, the SADR would have been changed with a five-year transitional Western Sahara Authority (WSA), a non-sovereign autonomous area supervised by Morocco, to be adopted by a referendum on independence. It was endorsed by the UN in 2003. Nevertheless, as Morocco has declined to take part, the plan seems useless.[citation needed]

In April 2007, the federal government of Morocco recommended {that a} self-governing entity, by means of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS), ought to govern the territory with a point of autonomy for Western Sahara. The undertaking was introduced to the UN Safety Council in mid-April 2007. A stalemate over the Moroccan proposal led the UN, in an April 2007 “Report of the UN Secretary-Common”, to ask the events to enter into direct and unconditional negotiations to achieve a mutually accepted political resolution.[27]

Nationwide holidays[edit]

Islamic dates[edit]

Dates saved in response to the lunar Islamic calendar.


See additionally[edit]


  1. ^ Martos, Isabel. “Linguistic Coverage within the Camps of Sahrawi Refugees”. researchgate. Universidad de Alcalá. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  2. ^ “El Español en los Campamentos de Refugiados Saharauis (Tinduf, Algeria)” (PDF). Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  3. ^ Till full independence. Article 32 of the SADR structure states: The Polisario is the only real political formation allowed for Sahrawis to train politics till full independence “Structure of the SADR”. Archived from the unique on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  4. ^ “Sources”. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  5. ^ “Cuadro de zonas de división del Sáhara Occidental” (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  6. ^ “Letter dated 29 January 2002 from the Underneath-Secretary-Common for Authorized Affairs, the Authorized Counsel, addressed to the President of the Safety Council”. United Nations. 2002-01-29. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  7. ^ “A/RES/34/37. Query of Western Sahara” (PDF). Common Meeting—Thirty-fourth Session. United Nations. 1979. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  8. ^ “Sahara Occidental – Actualités 2008, février”. February 2008. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  9. ^ “Sahara Data” (PDF). March 2008. Archived from the unique (PDF) on 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  10. ^ Article 6 of the Sahrawi structure. Article 2 prescribes that “Islam is the state faith and supply of regulation”.
  11. ^ Zunes S; Mundy J (2010). Western Sahara: Battle, Nationalism, and Battle Irresolution Syracuse College Press. Retrieved three August 2016.
  12. ^ “Report of the Truth-Discovering Mission to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic” (PDF). African Fee on Human & Peoples’ Rights. September 2012.
  13. ^ “تقرير موازي بمناسبة استعراض التقرير السادس للملكة المغربية حول تنفيذ مقتضيات العهد الدولي للحقوق المدنية و السياسية”. اتحاد المحامين الصحراويين.
  14. ^ “Morocco rejoins African Union”. Worldbulletin. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  15. ^ “NAM reiterates assist to proper of Saharawi individuals to dedication”. Sahara Press Service. 2012-08-30. Archived from the unique on 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  16. ^ “Algeria praises NAM’s continued assist to battle of Saharawi individuals for self-determination”. Sahara Press Service. 2012-09-02. Archived from the unique on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  17. ^ “South Africa”. ARSO – Affiliation de soutien à un référendum libre et régulier au Sahara Occidental. 2006-09-09. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  18. ^ South African Broadcasting Company (2006-09-01). “Asia-Afro partnership assembly kicked off right this moment”. South African Broadcasting Company. Archived from the unique on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2006-09-01.
  19. ^ South African Broadcasting Company (2006-09-02). “Moroccan objections taint Asian-Africa assembly”. South African Broadcasting Company. Archived from the unique on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2006-09-02.
  20. ^ “Arab League helps Morocco’s territorial integrity”. Arabic Information. 1999-01-08. Archived from the unique on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  21. ^ “Arab League withdraws inaccurate Moroccan maps”. Arabic Information. 1998-12-17. Archived from the unique on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  22. ^ Prensa Latina (2006-09-11). “LatAm, Caribbean Events in Nicaragua”. Prensa Latina. Archived from the unique on 2006-10-22. Retrieved 2006-09-11.
  23. ^ “Saharawi Ambassador to Nicaragua receives delegation from Central American Parliament”. SPS. 2010-01-07. Archived from the unique on 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  24. ^ “Saharawi Illustration to Mexico attends COPPPAL-ICAPP assembly”. Sahara Press Service. 2012-10-15. Archived from the unique on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  25. ^ “Western Sahara: 35 years of colonisation and exile is sufficient | Kenworthy Information Media – improvement & socio-political points”. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  26. ^ [1][dead link]
  27. ^ “Report of the Secretary-Common on the state of affairs regarding Western Sahara” (PDF). UN Safety Council. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-18.[dead link]

Exterior hyperlinks[edit]

Official SADR pages
SADR pages
  • (in Spanish) Sahara As we speak  (Unbiased Digital Journal Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic)
  • (in Arabic and Spanish) Futuro Saharaui  (Saharawi first unbiased journal based in 1999)
  • (in Spanish) FiSahara Competition de cine del Sahara – Sahara Movie Competition]
  • (in Spanish) El Bubisher Bookmobile and everlasting Libraries Venture within the Saharawi refugee camps)
  • (in Spanish) EFA Abidin Kaid Saleh de la RASD Audiovisual Training Faculty Abidin Kaid Saleh of the SADR)
  • (in Spanish) ARTifariti  (Worldwide Conferences of the Artwork within the Liberated Territories of SADR)

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