Rwanda Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Rwanda Ministry of Local Government

Directorate General of Territorial Administration and Good Governance
KG 7 Ave
Kigali, Rwanda

P.O.Box: 3445 Kigali, Rwanda
Telephone toll free: (+250) 788384081/5353
Email: info@minaloc.gov.rw

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Rwanda has three major groups: the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. The largest religion is Christianity. Germany colonized Rwanda in 1884. Belgium invaded in 1916. Rwanda became independent 1 July 1962.[1]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

  • Child's name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Date of registration
  • Place of birth
  • Place of registration
  • Type of place of birth (hospital, home, etc.)

Information about each parent:

  • Name
  • Date of birth or age
  • Marital status
  • Place of usual residence
  • Place/country of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Occupation[2]

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

  • Names of each spouse
  • Dates of birth or age
  • Places of usual residence
  • Occupations
  • Names of parents
  • Date of marriage
  • Date of registration
  • Place of marriage
  • Place of registration[2]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

  • Name of deceased
  • Gender
  • Date of birth or age
  • Place of usual residence
  • Citizenship
  • Date of death
  • Date of registration
  • Place of death
  • Place of registration
  • Cause of death
  • Type of place of occurrence (hospital, home, etc.)[2]

Additional information that may be on the death record:

  • Names, occupations and domicile of the deceased's father and mother
  • Name of spouse if the deceased was married, widowed or divorce[3]

Death information should be add to the birth certificate of the deceased person.[3]

Fetal deaths are not registered.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, Rwanda, (accessed 13 September 2021).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 UNICEF Data: Monitoring the situation of children and women, UNICEF Data for Rwanda, accessed 13 September 2021. "Data sources: Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), UN Refugee Agency Refworld, Rwanda, (accessed 23 September 2021).