FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, May 6, 2013

Summary of 9 requests of the 2000 Amazigh/Berber Manifesto

In my thesis research I found that there's not a good summary of the 9 central requests anywhere (that I could easily find).  So I went through the lengthy and verbose "Berber Manifesto" and summarized its 9 main requests here.

Summary of 9 requests of the 2000 Amazigh/Berber Manifesto

First Request
The Amazigh nature of every Moroccan must be openly and freely debated at the national level.  The “alternance” government is ideally positioned to moderate with the Prime Minister as the leader.
The Second Request
 A constitutional recognition of Tamazight as an official and national language.
The Third Request
Government-sponsored economic affirmative action policies to be implemented on a temporary basis—focused on infrastructure, agriculture, industry, education and training—to bring them on par with the rest of the nation.
The Fourth Request
 Enforce the teaching of Tamazigh at all levels of the education system. Government support for the scientific study of the language to enable competent teaching of it.
The Fifth Request
Creation of a “national scientific commission” to develop a Moroccan (and maghrebian) history syllabus that includes and recognizes (not denigrates) the role of the Imazighen.  This commission shall operate apart from and independently from the ministers of education.
The Sixth Request
Institutionalize Tamazight within the public sphere to include: radion/tv, judicial system, public administration, health care system, local/regional government.  Train and employ Tamazight translators and interpreters to ensure equal access and use for all citizens.  End ban (whether official or not) on registration of Amazigh names in State Registry. 
The Seventh Request
The rehabilitation of Amazigh arts (i.e., literature, dancing, singing, architecture and ecoration) and equality of access and funding within the government (to a level on par with Arab peers).
The Eighth Request
Recognition of historical and given Amazigh names for locations (i.e., villages, cities and regions) in the nation instead of their replacement with Arabic ones due to arbitrary Arabization.  Rightful prioritization of Amazigh notables when naming public institutions (e.g., El-Khattabi is last on the list for avenue names).
The Ninth Request
Qualification of Amazigh cultural associations for official state financial assistance.   Equal financial assistance for publications promoting Amazigh heritage of Morocco as is received by ones in Arabic and French.

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