Legal opinion on Republic of Korea’s Special Act on Confidential childbirth (Bill)

Actors involved in the current reforms related to the Bill have requested the opinion of Child Identity Protection (CHIP) on balancing the different rights at stake in the context of confidential hospital births. The legal opinion of CHIP has benefited from input from Maud de Boer-Buquicchio (CHIP President and former UN Special Rapporteur on sale and exploitation of children), Nigel Cantwell and David Smolin – leading child rights experts. While the Republic of Korea has made attempts to align itself with its international obligations through this Bill, further opportunities exist to ensure that the child’s right to identity is fully protected as outlined in the Legal Memorandum.

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