Source: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Concluding observations on the second periodic report of Guinea, adopted by the Committee at its sixty-second session (14 January–1 February 2013)
44. While welcoming the numerous measures taken by the State party to increase birth registration rates, including through the creation of a National Direction for Civil Status in 2011, the Committee is however concerned that only a third of children are registered at birth. The Committee regrets that the National Direction for Civil Status has not been adequately equipped to fulfil its mandate. It is also concerned about the difficult access to registration centres due to their location as well as the cost incurred to obtain registration certificates, which constitutes a significant obstacle, especially for poor families.
45. The Committee encourages the State party to strengthen its efforts to expand and expedite the process of birth registration, particularly in rural areas, through the effective functioning of the National Direction for Civil Status and by lowering the cost of birth certificates. It further recommends that the State party launch extensive awareness-raising programmes including campaigns on the importance of birth registration, on the process of registration, and on the benefits thereof.
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