International Human Rights Day 2018 : Multiple violations of Amazigh rights in all North African countries
The Amazigh World Congress (AWC) seizes the opportunity of the International Human Rights Day to denounce the institutional racism and the multiple violations of the historic rights of the Amazighs in all the countries of Tamazgha and the diaspora.
Despite international charters, conventions and other international covenants on human and peoples' rights, the states of northern Africa continue to gravely and systematically violate the most basic rights and fundamental freedoms of Amazigh people, including the right to life, the right to freedom, the right to self-determination and other political, economic, social and cultural rights.
In Algeria, the government authorities relentlessly pursue their strategy aimed simply at eliminating the country's Amazigh by resorting to the policy of socio-economic marginalization of Amazigh-speaking territories (in particular Kabylia, Mzab, Awrès), repression, prohibitions and impediments to freedom of expression and assembly, etc. Human rights defenders and members of independent political organizations who advocate for the right to self-determination are particularly targeted by police, administrative and judicial violence and persecution. The AWC demands the immediate release of blogger Merzoug Touati and all prisoners of conscience in Algeria.
In Morocco, hundreds of Rifan citizens were arrested, tortured and heavily convicted for participating in peaceful protests in Taghzut (Elhocima). Millions of hectares of collective lands belonging to the Amazigh tribes have been monopolized by the State by relying on French laws. The Amazigh language despite its inclusion in the Constitution in 2011, it remains excluded from the administration, justice and to a large extent the education system. All this reveals that the Amazighs of Morocco are robbed of their rights and fundamental freedoms and that 60 years after the "independence" of the country, they still live under a form of colonial domination.
In Tunisia, the new Arab-Islamic power maintains the negation of the Amazighness of this country. The new Constitution totally excludes the Amazigh component of Tunisia and on this basis, local authorities prohibit the free expression of Amazigh culture. For example, parents are prevented from giving Amazigh names to their children and business owners do not have the right to transcribe their signs in Amazigh language and script.
The various Arab-Islamic groups that are currently active in Libya all agree to exclude Amazigh from the country. The draft Constitution currently under discussion completely ignores the indigenous Amazigh culture. In these circumstances, the AWC urges the Amazigh people of Libya to exercise their right to self-determination without delay and to speed up its implementation in their territories.
In Kel-Tamasheq country (Ahaggar, Azawad, Azawagh, Fezzan), indigenous peoples have always been evicted from their territories and dispossessed of their natural resources (oil, gas, uranium and other minerals) and when they try to resist, they suffer the horrors of violence perpetrated by states and various criminal groups. There is a real threat of extinction of the Kel-Tamasheq people and civilization in this region.
The Canary Island Archipelago is one of the last colonized countries in Africa. The destiny of the Canary people is to gain independence so that they can protect and promote their interests and Amazigh indigenous culture.
In the Western world and particularly in Europe, Salafist Islamist organizations exploit the rule of law to proliferate and indoctrinate young people of immigrant background, including young people of Amazigh origin. Amazighs and their laic culture are ostracized by the media and ignored by official institutions. It is imperative that the Amazigh diaspora organize itself to weigh on its destiny.
Imazighen, Free Men, are among the last oppressed people in the world. With other people without a state, it is their responsibility to join forces to make their voices heard in the concert of the nations of the world.
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