mercredi 23 novembre 2011

The Morocco bans Berber names

The Moroccans living in the Netherlands (around 380,000) are mostly of Berber origin of the Rif. In January 2008, the Moroccan government has sent to all embassies and consulates a list of banned names, also called "list Basri."
"We forbid Berber names and because they are not in agreement with the identity, and because they are an open door to the proliferation of meaningless names," said Idris Bajda, senior Moroccan Dutch daily Trouw .
"They will now be forced to give their children Muslim names Moroccan. Morocco wants to secure the Moroccan identity of its nationals in this way, including that of Dutch-Moroccan" according to Trouw.
The Labour Party MP Bouchibti Samira, a Moroccan citizen (by Morocco royal decree) as well as all other Moroccans who moved to the Netherlands and settled there, is angry: "We must get rid of these lists of names and this interference. I want to decide alone the name I give to my children. It is discriminatory. "
         Bouchibti also criticized his party's leader, Wouter Bos, for having told a party rally that double passports "have their place in the Netherlands."
         Bouchibti said "Bos does not have dual nationality, so does he not know what that means in practice." For Bos, dual nationality may encourage integration.
The consulate in Brussels also recognizes the existence of this list, but ensures that the Moroccans who wish can choose Amazigh names "if the meaning of the name is lawful."
At the Embassy of Morocco in Paris, one is a little more explicit: Moroccans who come to register the birth of their children "should look at the list and check that the chosen name is permitted."
The lawyer Arehmouch Ahmed, chairman of the Amazigh Network for citizenship (Azeta), speaks of true "racial discrimination".
The rejection experienced some Moroccans are Amazigh, he said, many messages sent by the authorities, who "try to Arabize mentality."
         "I currently have two folders, Meknes and Rabat, where the civil service have refused to grant the Amazigh names so that they met all the conditions prescribed by law."
         Ethnic Berber Moroccans are 60% ​​of the Moroccan population (34,435,719 inhabitants in 2008) but are considered a minority culture and language.

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