CEDAW Concluding observations: Ethiopia, 2019
Source: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
31.The Committee notes the progress made by the State party towards the establishment of a standardized vital events registration system, including the adoption of Proclamation No. 760/2012 on the registration of vital events and the national identity card, which provides for compulsory, permanent and universal registration and certification of vital events, and the establishment of the Vital Events Registration Agency under Regulation No. 278/2013. The Committee is concerned about challenges regarding proper territorial coverage of the vital events registration system, in particular in remote areas, and about risks associated with the falsification of civil status documents that can affect the rights of women and girls. It is also concerned that the State party has not ratified the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
32. The Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) Ensure adequate territorial coverage of the vital events registration system;
(b) Secure the registration system in order to prevent the falsification of civil status documents;
(c) Consider ratifying the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.