Morocco: Disappearing the Amazigh So it looks like the Moroccans are at it again. Instead of just letting people be who they are, the government is still going on about their naming laws. In other words, if you want to give your child an Amazigh (Berber) name, tough luck. Moroccan human rights groups recently proposed a list of Amazigh names be added to Morocco's approved list of names, however, the proposal was quickly struck down... Full story - - Auteur: Jillian York - Date : 2009-05-13 10:38:00
THE MOROCCAN CONSTITUTION NEGATES THE EXISTENCE OF THE AMAZIGH PEOLE AND ITS IDENTITY Preliminary remarks about Morocco's report on human rights practices that will be discussed with the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva on 20 April,2009. Despite the fact that the country is majority Amazigh , and despite the fact that the historical, archeological, anthropological, linguistic and social studies have shown and confirmed that the population of North Africa in general and of Morocco in particular is mainly Amazigh, and yet the Moroccan regime persists in misleading the international community and human rights organizations and institutions by denying the existence of Imazighen and their identity. Thus, it is stated in the preamble of the Moroccan constitution the following: ... Full story - - Auteur: Massyle - Date : 2009-03-24 10:45:00
Is the Moroccan school a real Al Qayda center? Here is the translation into English of an exam which was assigned to secondary school student of Imam Malik school in Khouribga (Morocco). Instead of teaching students the universal human values and tolerance, the Moroccan school instills in them feelings of hatred towards Jewish, Christians, Americans and Berbers. Read this exam to know the real objectives of the educational system. ... Full story - - Auteur: Moha Bouwawal - Date : 2009-03-23 21:58:00
Morocco : Imazighen violently oppressed in Rabat This Saturday,14 th February,2009 at about 15h,the parents of the Amazigh political detainees in Moroccan prisons(Meknes, Imteghren, Warzazat etc),the National Committee of Support and Solidarity with the detainees and many Amazigh activists and militants from different parts of Morocco came to Rabat , as had been planned ,to hold a peaceful sit-in in front of the Moroccan parliament in order to draw the national and international human rights institutions and activists attention to the suffering of the Amazigh political detainees in the Moroccan prisons. However, once the militants started to gather near the parliament the riot-police of all sorts, visible and invisible, violently attacked them .Some were severely injured, some had their mobile phones, cameras and Amazigh flags confiscated, and many others were arrested, among them the lawyer and the leader of the Amazigh Democratic Party MR Ahmed Adghirni (later the authorities let him go) ... Full story - - Auteur: NCSSAPD - Date : 2009-02-17 09:06:00
Morocco Bans Unislamic Names in Netherlands THE HAGUE, 29/01/09 - Moroccans in the Netherlands are not allowed to give their children any Berber names any more. In this way, Islamic identity is being stressed, Trouw newspaper reported yesterday.
The Moroccan government in Rabat sent all embassies and consulates abroad a list of banned name this week. Christian names were already forbidden. "We forbid Berber names because they conflict with the identity and because they open the door to the spread of meaningless names," said Idris Bajdi, a top official in Morocco, in the newspaper.
Morocco, the Ameknas lawcourt :The ten prisoners’ activists of the amazigh/Berber cause heavily condemned to 32 years of the prison and to pay 22.000 USD After more than one year and half of the carryforward of the lawsuit of the students arrested and tortured in the Moroccan prison Sidi Saïd in Meknas/ Ameknas, On October 17th, 2008, the usher court of Ameknas central Morocco, finally, pronounced heavily sentences of imprisonment on the amazigh /Berber militants. The lawsuit/punishment, which has surprised the court , and even the defence the accused young students , is of course against the amazigh militants. These sentences make the following of the events which have shaken the Moroccan universities and which took place during April and May of the year 2007. The arrests of the amazigh/Berber people in Bumal N Dades, Agadir, Imteghern, Errachidya ,Sidi Ifni or in Meknes confirm the Moroccan authorities’s approach to the amazigh /Berber cause.... Full story - - Auteur: Omar zanifi - Date : 2008-10-21 17:10:00
Amazigh democratic party (PDAM) wrote to the president of the European Parliament, Mr. Hans-Gert POTTENG, about human rights violation in Morocco The European Union is linked to Morocco by an "Association Agreement" which entered into force since 1-st March 2000.
Morocco has also been part of the first countries from the Mediterranean to sign an action plan neighbourhood with the European Union since 2004, following the process of Euro-Mediterranean partnership launched in Barcelona in 1995.
This association agreement between the European Union and Morocco's main objectives are the effective promotion of democracy and respect for human rights. Thus, Article No. 2 of said agreement clearly stipulates that: "Respect for democratic principles and fundamental rights of man, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, inspires the domestic and international policies of community and Morocco and is an essential element of this agreement."... Full story - - Auteur: Ahmed Adghirni - Date : 2008-09-19 00:15:00
Moroccan authorities continue to reject the use of Amazigh names on official documents Moroccan citizens face a refusal by the authorities to register their Amazigh names on official documents, numerous cases show. Names including Bahac, Damya, Diyia, Mayssa, Guraya, Yuba, Ijja, Aderfy, Amzin, Idir, Massinissa, Tihia, Tinass, Taynust, Sifaw, Massin and others appear to be categorically banned from entry into the register of births, marriages and deaths. Interior Minister Chakib Benmoussa has rejected allegations of discrimination, saying that in the High Commission for Civil Status, the body in charge of approving or rejecting name choices, "there is no restriction on the choice of names, nor is there a list to restrict public freedom on this matter".