In preparation for the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific a fact sheet on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems as a foundation for human rights was published by the Brisbane Accord Group.
The right to recognition as a person before the law was first acknowledged in Article 6 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and the right of a child to be registered immediately after birth was specifically recognized in Article 24 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966). The declaration and covenant are further reinforced by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) (1990).
The Information note covers how civil registration supports different aspects of human rights such as:
- Access to education
- Right to vote and be elected
- Access to services
- Right to nationality
- Protection from harm
- Right to marry, and protection from child marriage
- Right to health
- Prevention of child labor and other specific protections for children
- Vital statistics for planning and good governance
- Ability to inherit property