UN Human Rights Committee: Second periodic report submitted by Angola, 2017

Published: 28/Nov/2017
Source: Government of Angola


Second periodic report submitted by Angola under article 40 of the Covenant, due in 2017

Article 16: Recognition as a person before the law

142.Under article 32 of the Constitution, all persons have the right to a personal identity.

143.The 2014 general census registered a total of 25,789,024 inhabitants, of whom 16,153,987 (62.6 per cent) were in urban areas and 9,635,037 (37.4 per cent) were in rural areas. (See figure 14.)

Figure 14 Resident population with registered births, by area of residence, 2014

Country and area of residence Numbers Per cent
Angola 13 788 694 53.5
Urban 10 940 580 67.7
Rural 2 848 118 29.6

144.When the census was taken, 13,788,694 persons (53 per cent of the resident population) were registered. For children aged 4 years or under, this figure stood at 25 per cent. The births of 75 per cent of children aged 4 years and under were not registered. These figures reveal the extent of the problems surrounding birth registration, which are compounded by the very worrying imbalance that exists between urban and rural areas. In the latter, the births of only 30 per cent of the population have been registered.

145.The Government has taken the following steps to promote universal birth registration:

(a)Actions aimed at facilitating birth registration through the creation and extension of registration stations;

(b)The implementation of the “Newborn Citizen” and “Achieving Universal Registration” projects;

(c)The implementation of an information-sharing and awareness-raising campaign involving the distribution of booklets on the importance of civil registration;

(d)The increased use of social media and community-based campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of birth registration, especially in isolated regions around the country, through the use of mobile registration units and other means.

146.To address these issues, the President of Angola issued Presidential Communiqué No. 80/13 of 5 September and Executive Decree No. 309/13 of 23 September, in accordance with which procedures aimed at initiating birth registration and the issuing of identity cards would be exempt from fees until 31 December 2016.

147.In the light of the Communiqué, a total of 3,413,770 child and adult citizens were registered throughout the country between September 2013 and December 2016.

Figure 15 Data on exemption from fees, September 2013–December 2016

Men Women Total
Registrations in register offices 1 665 115 1 665 311 3 330 426
Mobile registration units 83 344
Total 3 413 770

Source: Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

Figure 16 Birth registration in the context of the universal registration campaign, September 2013–March 2017

Males Females Total
2 123 474 2 122 912 4 246 386

Source: Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

Figure 17 Number of identity cards issued, 2013–2016

2013 2014 2015 2016 Total
1 156 164 1 632 114 1 543 888 1 086 404 5 418 570

Source: Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

Figure 18 Identity cards issued, 1976–2016

Cards issued from 1976 through 1997 (21 years) Cards issued from 1998 through 2009 (12 years) Cards issued from 2010 through 2016 (7 years)

Source: Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

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Themes: International standards, Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Angola
Year: 2017