Zimbabwe: ZLHR ends children’s statelessness dilemma

Published: 6/Mar/2024
Source: The Zimbabwean

THE REGISTRAR-General (RG) has been ordered to end the statelessness dilemma of two minor children by registering their births and issue them with birth certificates within one week, after he and his subordinates had refused to do so for several years.

The two minor children, who are aged 10 and 12 years old, had been undocumented since birth and rendered stateless in the land of their birth for several years after the RG Henry Machiri withheld the issuance of their birth certificates by demanding that their mother’s estranged husband, who left for the United Kingdom several years ago and whose whereabouts are unknown, should produce a disclaimer affidavit disowning the two girls and also asked their biological father to furnish the RG’s Office with Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test results confirming the paternity of the children.

According to court documents, the mother, who has been been struggling to process the birth certificates for her minor children, was legally married to his estranged husband since January 2004.

Sometime in 2004, the now estranged husband, reportedly left Zimbabwe for the United Kingdom with an agreement that the wife would follow him a year later.

But this did not materialise and the two have been estranged for 20 years with the minor’s mother not in the know about the current whereabouts of her former husband.

Read further: https://www.thezimbabwean.co/2024/03/zlhr-ends-childrens-statelessness-dilemma/


Themes: Acquisition by children, Birth Registration, Statelessness
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2024