May 20, 2015

Amazigh: Linguistic Minority Marginalized in Morocco

Photo courtesy of Joan Sorolla on Flickr

In 2011, Amazigh became a constitutional language in Morocco. Although this recognition constitutes a victory for the Amazigh movement, Amazigh rights activists are today concerned about the slow implementation of the promises made and the constant marginalization of the community. The Amazigh language is very scarcely used, whether in the public or in the private sector, and according to a young Amazigh man living in Rabat, "[t]he media is trying to limit the Amazigh language to all that is folkloric, as though the Amazigh culture is just restricted to songs and dances."

To access the article published by Al-Monitor, please click here.