Sahrawis

The Sahrawi, or Saharawi people (Arabic: صحراويون‎ ṣaḥrāwīyūn; Berber: Iseḥrawiyen; Moroccan Arabic: صحراوة Ṣeḥrawa; Spanish: Saharaui), are the people living in the western part of the Sahara desert which includes Western Sahara, southern Morocco, much of Mauritania and the extreme southwest of Algeria. As with most peoples living in the Sahara, the Sahrawi culture is a mix of Berber, Black African and Arab elements. It shows mainly Berber people core characteristics with Arab cultural elements. The privileged position of women in Sahrawi tribes is a Berber tradition that predates the arrival of Islam and Arabs, as well as characteristics common …

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Amnesty International · 7 April 2021 English

Sahrawi activist Mohamed Lamine Haddi is suffering from ill-health following his 69-day hunger strike in protest of his ill-treatment in Tiflet II prison- in Rabat, Morocco- and his solitary confinement …

participated in the 2010 Gdeim Izik camp protesting Sahrawis’ social and economic conditions. In November The military court which tried him and other Sahrawis did not investigate the defendants’ claims that


ICG · 11 March 2021 English

The long-dormant conflict between Morocco and the Polisario Front over the disputed Western Sahara territory is showing troubling signs of life. A Polisario blockade of a key artery in the …

administration’s move further antagonised pro-independence Sahrawis, especially Sahrawi youth, who have long been Mauritania to withdraw in 1979, even as thousands of Sahrawis took shelter near Tindouf, in Algeria. In the Frustrated with the diplomatic deadlock, many Sahrawis, especially women (camp administrators and teachers) stability. Without a diplomatic solution, disaffected Sahrawis, particularly youth, could force the Polisario


RSIS · 11 January 2021 English

The authors’ views are their own and do not represent the official position of the S. [...] The Western Sahara Factor Apart from diplomatic relations and economic and cultural co-operation, …

that region. The Polisario Front argues that the Sahrawis have a right to self-determination and established


IGD · 13 July 2020 English

During its remaining tenure on the UN Security Council and as rotating Chair of the African Union, South Africa will have to engage decisively in the conduct of strategic geopolitical …

anti-self-determination momentum against the Sahrawis and the Palestinians, thus running counter to


Chatham House · 26 February 2020 English

Over the past two decades, China has increased its presence in North Africa in terms of trade and investment. This paper looks at China’s policy within the context of its …

the Moroccan ‘offer’ of ‘large autonomy’ to the Sahrawis instead of a referendum on self-determination


CMS · 31 January 2020 English

As it stands, the paucity of reliable federal data on the stateless, the lack of a designated path to legal status for them under US law, and the indifference of …

Western Sahara, rendering many Palestinians and Sahrawis that reside in those countries stateless unless does not recognize the SADR. Consequently, many Sahrawis who possess only a SADR passport experience difficulties Mauritanian citizenship through family members (ibid.). Sahrawis outside the Western Sahara are potentially stateless


Amadeus Institute · 27 January 2020 English

This paper will examine the rationale behind Morocco’s decision to update its maritime laws, as well as the underlying causes that have prevented Rabat and Madrid from reaching a definitive …

for the region, calling on Spain to allow the Sahrawis to decide their fate through a referendum of


COMEXI · 22 January 2020 English

Under the British representative and submitting to a new power-sharing Mandate, the number of Jews grew, especially in the agreement with the Turkish Cypriots, with the latter 1930s and 1940s, …

1980.106 Morocco now outnumber the indigenous Sahrawis. Assessments place the number of Moroccan settlers


PCNS · 6 January 2020 English

The challenges against Morocco’s sovereignty over natural resources in Saharan districts will be thoroughly examined and criticized. First, the inaccurate interpretation by the EU court of the phrase “a status …

claims in the non-self- governing territory. But, ‘Sahrawis’ or the populations in these provinces are not


EPRS · 5 December 2018 English

Algeria will shortly be holding elections in April 2019 that will be crucial for its future. The country did, it is true, introduce constitutional reforms in response to the Arab …

through its humanitarian actions. Some 90 000 Sahrawis have been living in the Tindouf area of Algeria


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