As the struggle for independence by the minority groups in the world, including the Kabylia people who have endured an oppressive regime gets the highest international recognition, the United Nations is now set to address the long quest for emancipation.

Kabylia is on the agenda of the 11th session of the United Nations Forum on Minorities Kabylia on the agenda of the 11th session of the United Nations Forum on Minorities

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (SIWEL) – The Kabylia issue will be on the agenda of the eleventh session of the Minorities Forum, which will take place from 28 to 30 November 2018 at UN headquarters in Geneva.
Conducted by Mr. Ferhat Mehenni, President of the Provisional Government of Kabylia in Exile (Anavad) and the Movement for Self-Determination of Kabylia (MAK) as well as Mr. Zidane Lafdal, the Prime Minister of the Anavad, the Kabyle delegation already participated on Wednesday, November 28 at the Nations office in the preliminary meeting organized by the UN Special Rapporteur, Dr. Fernand De Varennes, and the President of the Forum, Mrs. Rita Izs√°k-Ndiaye.

Coinciding with the theme of this year’s Forum, which will deal with statelessness, this human rights issue that disproportionately affects minorities around the world, the President Ferhat Mehenni will demonstrate the making of new stateless persons by Algeria of whom the administrative services in Kabylia and abroad confiscate travel documents (passports, identity cards) and freeze documents of the civil status of Kabyle citizens thereby violating their right to travel.

Kabylia will officially plead with this body of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) the case of manifest colonization that Algeria applies on it by asking the UN to:
– Protect the children of a national minority from a teaching in a language which is not theirs, and providing a content which is, to say the least, unfortunate for the future of children, as is the case of Kabyle children who are victims of the Arabization system of the Algerian State

– Installation of a UN mission, or even peacekeeper forces in Kabylia, to protect it from the Algeria acts of violence
– Reassert the right to self-determination of a minority such as the Kabyle people in Algeria, who represents one-third of the Algerian population
– Request from the 4th commission to include Kabylia in the list of countries and territories to be decolonized
– Remind the United Nations as for the follow-up to be given to the memorandum submitted on 28 September 2017 to the UN General Secretariat in New York
The Forum on Minority Issues meets annually for two working days dedicated to thematic discussions. The Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues conducts the work of the Forum, prepares its annual meetings and reports on the thematic recommendations of the Forum to the Human Rights Council.
The themes that will be discussed during these two days are:
– The fundamental causes and consequences of statelessness affecting the minorities: Preventing statelessness through a human rights-based approach

– Statelessness resulting from hostilities, forced population movements and migration affecting the minorities: main challenges and possible solution.

– Ensure the right of persons belonging to minorities to a nationality by facilitating birth registration, naturalization and citizenship of stateless minorities
– Wives and children of minorities victims of statelessness: push forward the gender equality in nationality laws
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Translated from French by Muhend u Rezqi