Report on birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law

17 June 2014
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
To the HRC at its 27th session, September 2014


The present report contains an overview of the global rates of birth registration, a universal human right recognized 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 realization 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 right.

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National Human Rights Institutions

Civil Society