8. Recalling paragraphs 10 to 12 of its guidelines for reporting under the Convention,3 the Committee recommends that the State party collect, and provide to the Committee in its next report, reliable, updated and comprehensive statistical data on the demographic composition of the population, based on the principle of self identification, including ethnic groups, indigenous and tribal peoples, and non-citizens, including refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons, together with socioeconomic indicators, disaggregated by ethnicity, gender and age. The Committee recommends that the State party provide the General Bureau of Statistics with adequate financial, technical and human resources to carry out the population and housing census in 2024, and that the State party continue its efforts to adopt, with the active involvement of indigenous and tribal peoples, people of African descent, ethnic groups and civil society organizations in Suriname, an appropriate methodology for the 2024 population and housing census, including in respect of self-identification. The Committee draws the State party’s attention to its general recommendation No. 4 (1973) concerning reporting by States parties under article 1 of the Convention, with regard to the demographic composition of the population.
34. The Committee recommends that the State party adopt and implement procedures for the determination of statelessness and to adopt measures for ensuring that all people born in the State party are registered and issued an official birth certificate. It also recommends that the State party raise awareness among people living in the interior of the State, and in local registry offices and other relevant institutions, on programmes and campaigns on the importance of registering the birth of all children, including children born to migrant workers in both regular and irregular situations.
37. Bearing in mind the indivisibility of all human rights, the Committee encourages the State party to consider ratifying those international human rights treaties that it has not yet ratified, in particular treaties with provisions that have direct relevance to communities that may be subjected to racial discrimination, including the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), of the International Labour Organization, and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The Committee encourages the State party to accede to the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance.
Identification and determination procedures