Does Illegitimacy Status of Children Matter? A Review on Malaysian Perspectives

Raja Gopal, Meerah Deiwi (2014) Does Illegitimacy Status of Children Matter? A Review on Malaysian Perspectives. International Journal of Applied Psychology, 5 (4). pp. 109-114. ISSN 2168-5029

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The “right to identity” is popularly known as the “right to have rights”. Birth registration and the right to a name and nationality is a civil right of every child from the moment of birth. Once the birth is registered, all other rights of a child will naturally flow in and it is the responsibility of States to not only honor these rights, but also to provide the necessary laws and policies so that children have the necessary platforms to practice these rights. Children’s rights in Malaysia have significantly progressed since Malaysia acceded to the United Nations Childs Rights Convention in 1995 and introduced the Child Act 2001. Many initiatives to realize and uphold the rights of children have been advanced by both government and civil society. However, Malaysia reserved Article 7 which demands for birth registration, the right to a name and nationality. As a result of this, birth registration continues to be serious challenge in Malaysia. Hence, this paper intends to highlight the factors, precisely children born as a result of artificial/assisted reproductive technology that may contribute towards the rise of illegitimate births in Malaysia and suggests for judicial development followed by appropriate enforcement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Illegitimacy, Child birth rights, child law, Assisted reproductive technology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Business
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 07:01
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 07:01

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