On 12 March, the Moroccan government adopted draft law No. 04.20 on the new national electronic identity card, which provides for this document to be drawn up in two languages, Arabic and French. The Amazigh language is excluded from the new identity document, despite its status as an official language and despite Organic Law No. 26-16 of 12/09/2019 and in particular its Article 21 which states that "will be written in Amazigh language, alongside the Arabic language, the information contained in the following official documents: the national identity card, passport, driver's license, residence cards for foreigners established in Morocco, the various personal cards and certificates issued by the administration". The Amazigh World Congress and the Amazigh civil society movement had strongly denounced the illegal nature of this bill and expressed their deep indignation at this deliberate act of racism by the Moroccan government against the Amazighs and their language.
Consequently, Amazigh World Congress had demanded that the government withdraw the bill in order to amend it to bring it into conformity with the law and, if necessary, asked the parliament to amend it in order to comply with the Constitution and the legislation in force.
We therefore expected the Moroccan government to pull itself together by putting an end to its adventurous, illegal, racist and discriminatory bill and that, at worst, parliament would not fail to censure it.
It was therefore with great amazement and deep dismay that we learned that the parliamentary committee on "the interior, local authorities, housing and urban policy", meeting on 15 July 2020, unanimously approved Bill No. 04.20 as presented by the government. And it is very likely that the Moroccan parliament will adopt it in turn in the same terms, in the coming days.
Thus, the Moroccan executive and legislative powers are trampling on the laws they themselves have proposed and voted. This is, to say the least, revolting and aberrant for a state that claims to be democratic and respectful of human rights. It also illustrates the deep contempt that the Moroccan government and the Arab-Islamist lobby have for the Amazighs, which is intolerable.
In fact, Bill 04. 20 is a new anti-amazigh act that demonstrates once again the entrenchment of anti-amazigh racism within the Moroccan state but also within the entire political class, from the extreme right with the Islamist party known as the "party of justice and development" which has been running the government for almost ten years, to the left with the "party of progress and socialism", via the pan-Arab right-wing "Istiqlal" party, the pseudo-modernists of the "authenticity and modernity" party and the "gathering of independents" and other small opportunist political apparatuses. A total of ten political parties are represented in the commission that adopted Bill 04.20, expressing unambiguous preference for two foreign languages and the exclusion of the only indigenous language, the mother tongue of Morocco and all Tamazgha. By thus defending foreign interests to the detriment of national interests, Moroccan political personnel, whether in government or parliament, are showing themselves unworthy of their "Moroccanness" and illegitimate to run the country.
This bill will undoubtedly deal a severe blow to national cohesion and unity. Its authors and the beni-oui MPs who passed it will bear a heavy responsibility for the tearing of Morocco, which it will not fail to cause, between the authentic indigenous Amazigh country and the Makhzennian nebula.
The Amazighs of Morocco have for centuries and up to the present day suffered various forms of aggression, violence, deprivation, spoliation and colonization. The Islamo-Panarabists, who hold all the political, financial and decision-making levers, are relentlessly pursuing their strategy of eradicating Amazighity in this country. They even use "Amazighs of service" to make them do "the dirty work" such as this scoundrel bill No. 04.20 of the government Saadedine El-Othmani, an Amazigh from Souss. Faced with this distressing but realistic observation, the Amazighs find themselves more than ever faced with the challenge of their collective survival as a distinct people.
In the short term, Amazigh World Congress, in partnership with Amazigh associations in Morocco, intends to react by filing a complaint against the Moroccan government, at the international level but also before the Moroccan justice system, for violation of the Constitution and the law but also for its practice of racial discrimination against Amazighs.
The CMA also calls on the Amazighs of Morocco to express their indignation and rejection of institutional racism in Morocco by adopting symbolic measures, such as :
- Collecting the Amazighs' national identity cards and returning them to the Ministry of the Interior,
- Refusing the new national identity card, a symbol of anti-Amazighist apartheid,
- Writing exclusively in Amazigh language, all correspondence addressed to the Moroccan administration,
- Address state officials exclusively in the Amazigh language,
- Encourage by all means economic operators to communicate in the Amazigh language.
The CMA encourages artists and actors of the Amazigh civil society to be creative and inventive to implement any initiative that goes in the direction of the enhancement of our language and culture.
In order to no longer be subject to the diktat of Amazighophobic states, the CMA is also studying the possibility of creating official Amazigh documents, in particular an Amazigh identity card and passport, for which we will request international recognition from the United Nations.
In oppressive national contexts that deny us our rights, we have no choice but to take our destiny into our own hands.
Paris, 8/07/2970 – 20/07/2020
The Board of CMA. Auteur: CMA Date : 2020-07-21 21:36:00
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