CRC Concluding observations: Malawi, 2009

Published: 27/Mar/2009
Source: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child


Fiftieth session Consideration of Reports Submitted by States Parties Under Article 44 of the Convention Concluding observations: Malawi

Birth registration

36.  The Committee welcomes the information that a National Registration Bill shall make mandatory the registration of all births, deaths and marriages and that measures for its implementation are being put in place. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned that the Bill as ot yet been passed into law and in the meantime many children remain without proper proof of age and t risk of exploitation and abuse.

37.  The Committee recommends that the State party expedite the enactment of the National Registration Bill as a matter of priority and strengthen its efforts to ensure birth registration of all children. The Committee urges the State party to  ensure  allocation  of  adequate  financial,  human  and  other  resources  to  registration offices and centres and to take measures to ensure easy access to registration by the population in all parts of the country, particularly in the rural areas. The Committee further urges the State party to provide for registration, including late registration, of births free of charge.

Download file: CRC-C-MWI-CO2Malawi

Themes: International standards, Birth Registration
Regions: Southern Africa, Malawi
Year: 2009