CRC Concluding Observations: Tanzania, 2006

Published: 21/Jun/2006
Source: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child


Forty-second session Consideration of Reports Submitted by States Parties

Under Article 44 of the Convention Concluding observations: United Republic of Tanzania

Birth registration

31. While welcoming the measures taken by the State party in this respect, including the introduction of the Civil Registration Programme in Local Governments Authorities as well as the establishment of a Birth Registration office in all Districts and Shehias in Zanzibar, the Committee remains concerned at the difficulties in ensuring the birth registration of children, particularly in rural areas.

32. In the light of article 7 of the Convention, the Committee recommends that the State party implement an efficient birth registration system that covers its territory fully, including through:
(a) Ensuring birth registration free of charge;
(b) Introducing mobile birth registration units in order to reach the remote areas;
(c) Taking appropriate measures to register those who have not been registered at birth; and
(d) Formalizing links between various service delivery structures and promoting awareness and appreciation of the importance of birth registration through mass campaigns that provide information on the procedure of birth registration, including the rights and entitlements derived from the registration, through, inter alia, television, radio and printed materials

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Themes: International standards, Identity Documents, Birth Registration
Regions: East Africa, Tanzania
Year: 2006