Source: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
37. The Committee notes the Presidential Decree of 2006 that guarantees free birth registration for all children up to the age of 5 years and the project to promote universal birth registration and conduct a campaign to register children under 5 in Bujumbura Mairie and Bujumbura Rural. However, the Committee is deeply concerned that a very large number of children are neither registered at birth nor at a later stage.
38. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Continue to take all necessary measures, including retroactively, to ensure access of all children to free birth registration as early as possible and take steps to identify those children who have not been registered or obtained an identity document; (b) Create institutional structures that are accessible and free, for example, by introducing mobile units, especially in rural and remote areas and for internally displaced persons and refugee camps; (c) Enhance families’ awareness of the importance of registering the birth of their children, as a way to access fulfilment of their rights and (d) Seek technical assistance from UNICEF, among others, for the implementation of these recommendations.
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