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Adnane Ben.
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Moroccan Amazigh girl name "illy": DENIED.
02:01:28 PM Thursday Feb 7, 2008


Isn't this a flat-out bad judgement from the judge's perspective? his public intentions are that the name suggests the girl is the daughter of the adoptive parents, and he wishes to protect her identity. But, then again, why don't the adoptive parents name the girl another Amazigh name other than the rejected one? just for giggles! and to test the judge's and justice real intentions. Read on...

The refusal of a judge to allow the use of Moroccan Berber name that parents wanted to give to their adopted daughter has aroused discontent among Moroccan organizations of human rights.
on January 28th, The court in Larache, refused to allow a Moroccan girl to have the amazigh name "Illy", a name chosen by her adoptive parents

"The judge's decision of Larache recalls the times that we thought had left, when the government decided what names the citizens of this country could give to their own children. In the 90's, the government had drawn up a list of names that were allowed to be used and a list of names, mostly amazigh, that were forbidden.

Thus, the appellations of "Moulay" or "Lalla" that are traditionally given to the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad are now reserved for the royal family" Said Lawyer Aberrahim Jamai.

For the lawyer, the judge's decision revived old demons and committed a miscarriage of justice by violating the fundamental right of parents to freely choose the name of their child.

"This sentence handed down by this court violates human rights and to the plural identity of Morocco, which has Amazigh roots" he said.

The parents have appealed this decision that they consider "discriminatory". According to them, the judge justified his decision on the fact that "Illy" in amazigh means "my beloved daughter," Whereas the girl is adopted.

Several organizations of human rights and child welfare, as well as Amazigh organizations expressed their support for the family.


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4:41 am    February 25, 2009

Zineb Benhssein message
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I just want to correct the real meaning of the Amazigh name ILLY which simply means my daughter.
Tamazight to the core!!!!!!!!!
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12:01 am    February 12, 2008

Amine message
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...the judge justified his decision on the fact that "Illy" in amazigh means "my beloved daughter," Whereas the girl is adopted...


What I can say is:
'العذر أقبح من الزلة'

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11:11 pm    February 10, 2008
sidii miimoun
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very disappointing we claim to be tolerant but we are the champions of intolerance.
They should have the right to name their kid as they please Illy lavazza or chabakbak or even kahena.
Oh and for the lalla and sidi its our heritage as moroccans we all have the right to use them as we please by the way if in Morocco they cant use them anymore well my beautiful basset hound is named Lalla Mimouna so deal with it i am using iit, its my right to use a name however i want.
Last thing all moroccans are berbers ok mr judge
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10:45 pm    February 10, 2008

Adnane Ben. message
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Indeed ~ and if the government decides to have a say on what your first name should be, why they seem to have no problem whatsoever with the LAST NAMES. Let's think about it. Some last names are merely nicknames that got stuck! they're stick stuck. Some of the last names in Morocco are so unpronounceable and vague, yet patriotic and unique, you'd have to resort to the linguistic investigative services of Baba Salem to figure them out. Some of the easy ones are the Bou-category. Boujallaba, Boushama, Bou7mara, Bouzdifa, Boudarbala, Bou3ayyada, Boushrara, Boufalja... and among million others, Ouirazzan, Lakhmari, Wartassi, Oufi, Hallou, How about Skalli, originally from Siqiliya.. yes, not even Moroccan! and ElBaghdadi, must have visisted from Baghdad. And when a man desires to name their kids a Berber name for many legitimate reasons, the government has to interfere. Cik!!

So what's the most unusual names (first and familly) you've seen in Morocco?

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9:59 pm    February 10, 2008
mahjoub
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It looks like this judge has nothing to do with his free time.

Also, having list of approved names is a bad idea and plain stupid if not narrow minded. Finding excuses to deny a family a right to name their kid as they please, such as the one given by this judge is a miscarriage of justice.

I would have accepted the

We in our blad seem to be going backward all the time. I remember back in the seventies people have named their kids what the heck they ever pleased, and no one questioned their loyalty to their culture, religion or nation. our name are just identifiers and have nothing to do with who we are as people, as human.

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2:12 pm    February 7, 2008

hudhud message
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it's none o' their goddam business :o) people should be allowed to name their kids moon and twig if they so please. my late aunt was forced to name her 5th daughter a different name too. They told her "yousriya" did not exist as a name in arabic and that she had to pick something else. Linda, Sylvie, and Marie-Claire were somehow considered legal arabic names, though...

I think Illy is a pretty name, and it shows affection for the child even if she is indeed adopted. good luck to them.

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