The best interest of the child: Harmonising laws on children in West and Central Africa

Published: 1/Jan/2011
Source: African Child Policy Forum

This report reviews the extent to which a number of West and Central African countries have harmonised their laws along the lines of what is required under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the African Charter on the rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC).

The countries covered in the report are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Section 3.1, p.50,  is dedicated to children’s rights to a name, nationality and knowing their parents, the challenges to these rights and to the risk of statelessness.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Acquisition by children, Birth Registration
Regions: Central Africa, Cameroon, Central African Republic, West Africa, Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
Year: 2011