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Hespress from RabatFriday, March 10, 2023 – 06:00

The large-scale measures link the delay in activating the official nature of the Amazigh language in Morocco to the continued absence of major constitutional councils to help the language break the current “stalemate” by building institutional discussions ending in real measures for the benefit of the Amazigh language.

The Amazigh Network for Citizenship (AZTA) warned that despite the publication of legal texts structuring some constitutional institutions, they have not yet been established, their members have not been appointed and they have not begun to carry out the tasks assigned to them. For example, the Commission on Justice and Combating All Forms of Discrimination, for which the law on it was issued on October 12, 2017, and it will come into force from the date of appointment of the president of the commission and entry into office of its members. However, to date no president or members have been appointed.

The network has criticized the Commission’s competence in relation to discrimination against women by not mentioning the basis of this discrimination, or by expanding its scope of intervention to include all other forms of discrimination, as stated in international instruments and in the Moroccan constitution.

AZTA called for the revitalization of the National Council of Moroccan Languages ​​and Culture, whose law was promulgated in March 2020 and has not yet been formed, although it has important competencies in the field of language and cultural policy. As well as the Advisory Council for Youth and Collective Action, which has not yet been activated and is expected to play a role in governing the right to organize and all aspects of public life.

Youssef Laraj, the new president of the Azta Amazigh Amazigh Citizenship Network, noted that there is a common problem with meeting the requirements of the constitution, especially in matters related to the activation of participatory democracy, warning that “the activation of the official nature of the Amazigh is inseparable from the issue of democracy in the country “.

Laraj added in a statement to Hespress that “there are concerns about the declining role of these councils, but the issue is the extent to which Amazigh actors are able to attend and come up with ideas.”

The same human rights activist warned that “the exit of the National Council of Languages ​​is necessary in order to manage the language field in Morocco”, lamenting the “tyranny of the political debate around it, and the possibility of losing the rights of the Amazigh against the background of the political aspirations of the warring parties.”

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