ACERWC General Comment on Article 6 of the Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

Published: 1/Apr/2014
Source: African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

Article 6 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child provides:

1. Every child shall have the right from his birth to a name.
2. Every child shall be registered immediately after birth.
3. Every child has the right to acquire a nationality.
4. States Parties to the present Charter shall undertake to ensure that their Constitutional legislation recognize the principles according to which a child shall acquire the nationality of the State in the territory of which he has been born if, at the time of the child’s birth, he is not granted nationality by any other State in accordance with its laws.

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child adopted this General Comment on Article 6  in April 2014 at its 23rd ordinary session, and a public launch event was held in February 2015 during the Third Conference of African Ministers of responsible for Civil Registration (09-13 February) in Yamoussoukrou.

Download file: ACERWC, General Comment on Article 6 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Acquisition by children, African and international standards, African standards
Regions: Pan Africa
Year: 2014