UPDATE: SOUTH AFRICA TO DISCONTINUE BIRTH CERTIFICATES FOR FOREIGN CHILDREN
The draft amendments propose that South Africa no longer issues birth certificates to foreign children born in South Africa. This is a violation of national and international law and will surely lead to increased statelessness.
The deadline for comments was last Friday, 16 November. Civil society rallied together and manged to:
- Get 1300 signatures in a petition against the amendment: Last day to stop Home Affairs xenophobic attack on our African children | Awethu
- Get a lot of media attention to raise the alarm eg. Controversy at proposal to discontinue birth certificates for foreign children | Cape Argus
- Submit comments and objections to the amendment from all spheres.
Lawyers for Human Rights and the Centre for Child Law made written submissions to the Department of Home Affairs on the draft Regulations, which was endorsed by 22 organisations in South Africa. Find the submissions here: CCL LHR Comments on the draft regulations to the BDRA 16 Nov 2018.pdf (579.3 KB)
Thank you for all the contributions on this important issue. May our voices be heard!