Amazigh language problem falls short of expectations – Middle East Monitor

The Moroccan League for the Defense of Human Rights, MLDHR, indicated that it was following with interest the commitments made by the new government in its program and its concern to allocate significant financial resources to implement the constitutional requirements of the language Amazigh (Tamazight).

The MLDHR supports the initiative to double the positions assigned to Tamazight teachers during recent recruitment competitions supervised by the regional education and training academies. However, he warned that the current situation of Tamazight, in light of its adoption by the constitution as an official language, does not live up to the expectations of the cultural and human rights movements, especially after decades of civilized struggle that the country has experienced in this regard.

The MLDHR underlined in a press release, of which Al-Quds Al-Arabi received a copy, that the “danger of the policy of postponement and procrastination” and “the bet on time to weaken the Amazigh cultural claims”.

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She felt that this could be counterproductive, because demands with a cultural and civilized dimension can turn into a simple chauvinistic speech to mobilize against an official speech which does not reflect the practice on the ground, which can threaten the country. in the future, with falling into an empty spiral that harms the collective effort that Moroccans have deployed to make the question of multiple identity a support for unity, the cultural and historical advancement of the nation Moroccan.

The MLDHR considered that the frustrated status of Tamazight is not in line with its constitutional status; therefore, he called for the acceleration of the declaration of Amazigh New Year’s Day as an official paid holiday in the public and private sectors. Also to review the status of the “Amazigh” channel and to reconsider the programming of the official channels, so that the “Amazigh” channel does not run like a “Ghetto”, because the official channels must reflect the linguistic diversity in Morocco.

The MLDHR called for the organization of a debate to take stock of the teaching of Tamazight in Moroccan schools, because the failure to teach Tamazight constitutes a flagrant lack of seriousness in everything related to the question of Tamazight, since education is the only way to secure Tamazight and protect it from extinction, according to the statement.

He also stressed the need to respect the relevant regulatory laws of Amazigh in everything related to public life, by adopting Tamazight in all official documents, especially documents related to identity, such as the card of identity.

The statement concluded by saying: “The Moroccan League for the Defense of Human Rights, while raising these demands to the government, calls on it to remember the royal speech in Ajdir on October 17, 2001, more than twenty years, which was only a starting point for the rehabilitation of Amazigh.

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