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names that are not pre-approved by the government bureaucracy.The latest example was reported by The Amazigh Network for Citizenship, a civil advocacy group in Morocco,
Thank you very much for all people who sympathized with me in this bitter humiliation which was prepared and acted by Moroccan authorities. ... Read more
The person ahead in line of Mr. Mbarek Oulemda registered his newborn son with the name “said” without a problem. When his turn came up, he explained that his son's chosen name is “Ayyur”, “the Moon” in Amazigh language. The response of the civil registry officer was: "you must drop “Ayyur”, because it's foreign"."Mr. Mbarek Oulemda reported that he felt insulted, oppressed and that his rights were violated, he said "why do you accept the name “Said” without a problem, and you refuse the name “Ayyur”?, this Is simply a racist act. "
The civil servant replied that Mr. Oulemda "must go to the headquarters at the provincial civil services office "
Mr. Mbarek, then, took to the direction of the provincial “prefecture” offices of AthMellal, hoping, perhaps, that the refusal of the local officer to register his son’s amazigh name is due to ignorance, over zealousness, or simply, a lack of understanding from the local civil servant of the “new rules”.
At the Prefecture offices, Mr. Mbarek Oulemda told the officer "My son’s name is Ayyur which means in the Tamazight language " the moon ".
"But your dialect is not a language, and besides " Ayyur "is not authorized by the Ministry of the Interior as a valid name...” replied the officer
Following a lengthy and impassioned argument from Mr. Mbarek Oulemda “ that the Amazigh language is a millennium old … that the Moroccan nation is deeply embedded in its Amazigh element...” he was told, without much conviction " go back and check with the local Mouqataa “
"Did the head of the prefecture gave you a written authorization to register “Ayyur” as a name in the civil registry?" said the local clerk, the following day, “if no, there is not much we can do”.
"I will not give up my rights as a citizen, I will continue my fight for my rights declared Mr. Mbarek Oulemda to the “ Amazigh Network of citizenship”
MoroccoBoard News Service