Ministry of Justice, policy committee held today… Deliberation on’Introduction of the birth registration system for foreign children’

Videoconference of the Ministry of Justice Policy Committee held on the 15th. / Provided by the Ministry of Justice

[아시아경제 최석진 기자] After the inauguration of Justice Minister Park Bum-gye on the 15th, the Ministry of Justice held the first policy committee (chairman Kim Seon-wook) through a non-face-to-face video conference to deliberate on a plan to introduce the birth registration system for foreign children.

The Ministry of Justice Policy Committee, established in accordance with the Ministry of Justice’s ordinance, the Ministry of Justice Policy Committee Regulations, is an advisory body for the Minister of Justice on the operation of the legal administration.

In a greeting before the meeting, Minister Park asked for a detailed discussion so that foreign children who are neglected in the blind spot of human rights can be protected. “By vividly listening to the voices of the people and the field,’the definition of coexistence’, “We will do our best to establish policies that can implement’the legal administration that is conducive to the public’.”

The special legislation being introduced by the Ministry of Justice is when a foreign child is born in Korea to protect children from the blind spot of the law for children whose parents are unregistered or who are unable to report birth due to special circumstances such as naturalization after childbirth. The main goal is to register the fact of birth so that you can prove your identity.

Under the current law ▲When the parent’s status of stay was deprived or the period of stay was over It has been neglected in the blind spot of social risks and human rights without having any legal status because it was not possible to report birth according to the current law.

It is estimated that there are more than 20,000 undocumented foreign children in Korea, but it is difficult to determine the exact number of children due to difficulties in conducting a detailed survey.

Article 7 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates that “children must be registered immediately after birth, must have a name and nationality, and, as far as possible, must know who their parents are and be raised by their parents.”

The Ministry of Justice held a discussion on how to introduce the birth registration system in November 2018, and since December of the same year, it has formed a’Birth Registration System Implementation Advisory Group’ composed of researchers and field experts to promote the enactment of a special law.

The Ministry of Justice “promotes the prompt introduction of the’Foreign Child Birth Registration System’ by actively reflecting the results of the policy committee’s deliberation in the future and the policy committee members’ requests, thereby establishing an institutional safety net that can protect the human rights of children and making a country where children are happy I will try to make it possible.”

Videoconference of the Ministry of Justice Policy Committee held on the 15th. / Provided by the Ministry of Justice

Videoconference of the Ministry of Justice Policy Committee held on the 15th. / Provided by the Ministry of Justice


Reporter Choi Seok-jin [email protected]


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