Significant number of Liberians without birth certificates

Published: 9/Nov/2022
Source: New Dawn (Monrovia)

By Lewis S. Teh

The Government of Liberia through the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) has alarmed that a significant number of Liberians are without birth certificates.

At an official program in observance of the World Day Against Statelessness held in Monrovia on 7 November 2022, LRRRC Executive Director Rev. Festus Logan said this poses a serious threat to those in this category becoming stateless citizens.

“We have a good number of our citizens, some even in government, who do not have a birth certificate and they are at risk of being stateless,” said Rev. Logan.

The occasion was held under the theme: ‘Gender Equality, Nationality Laws and Statelessness.’

Rev. Logan said he is grateful to President George Manneh Weah who ensured that the Alien and Nationality Law was passed and signed into law.

He said before the passage of that law, many citizens were victims of being stateless.

“Some of us were born in the house and our parents didn’t make it their responsibility to go to the hospital to obtain a birth certificate,” said Rev. Logan.

“Listen, when you do not have a birth certificate, you are at risk of being stateless,” he warned.

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Birth Registration
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2022