Independence Day (Somaliland)

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Independence Day
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Observed bySomaliland
DateMay 18
Next time18 May 2019 (2019-05-18)

Independence Day in Somaliland is an annual celebration held on May 18 in Somaliland to mark the polity's declaration of independence from the rest of Somalia,[1] a unilateral proclamation which remains unrecognized the world over.[2] Although internationally recognized as an autonomous area of Somalia,[3] the twentieth anniversary of the territory's self-declared independence was celebrated in 2011 at the National Palace in Hargeisa, Somaliland's capital, with shops closing down for the day.[4]


  1. ^ "Somaliland Celebrates 20 Years of Self-Declared Independence". Voice of America. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  2. ^ Human Rights Watch (Organization), Chris Albin-Lackey, "Hostages to peace": threats to human rights and democracy in Somaliland, (Human Rights Watch: 2009), p.43.
  3. ^ Somaliland’s Quest for International Recognition and the HBM-SSC Factor Archived May 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Gebreselassie, Elias (23 May 2011). "Somalia: Unrecognised Somaliland Celebrates 20 Years of Self-Rule". Retrieved 24 May 2011.