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Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition

Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition

Overview

Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law

This report, requested by the UN Human Rights Council in 2013 and published by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2014, is an overview of the global rates of birth registration, a universal human right recognised in a number of international instruments.

It considers the consequences and impact of non-registration on human rights, particularly since the right to be registered at birth is closely linked to the realisation of many other rights, such as the right to health and the right to education. It also analyses the barriers to access to birth registration, provides examples of good practices and makes a number of recommendations to ensure the universal implementation of this.