Moroccan authorities deny again prohibition of Amazigh names

Reports that two families were not allowed to register their newborns with Amazigh names in Erfoud and Casablanca are incorrect.

Reports that two families were not allowed to register their newborns with Amazigh names in Erfoud and Casablanca are incorrect, the Directorate-General of the local government (DGCL).

The Registrar in the municipality of Erfoud requested a waiting period to inquire into the meaning of the name "Arious", after which it turned out that this is in accordance with the legal provisions, says the DGCL. The same question arose in Casablanca for the first name "Iri", where also there a civil officer consulted the provincial inspection service, which is coming to the conclusion that the first name was correct.

It's not a question of a ban on these first names because of their Amazigh-origin, but rather of the follow-up by the Civil Registrar. In case of difficulty to determine the meaning of a first name, at the time of registration in the registers of civil status, sometimes first examines whether this is in accordance with the legislation in force.

The DGCL further stresses that every citizen is free to choose the first name of his child and that the related legal standards apply to everyone, far from any kind of discrimination, in application of the Constitution and the international treaties in relation to the rights and freedoms of individuals.

A phone number is specially set up by the Ministry to answer any type of question on this subject: 05.37.28.68.89-05.37.28.68.63 and 05.37.2868.82.