Honduras: Procedures for listing a new parent on a birth certificate, particularly a parent who is neither a biological parent nor an adoptive parent (2019–July 2021) [HND200723.E]

Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Information on procedures for listing a new parent on a birth certificate, particularly a parent who is not a biological parent, nor an adoptive parent, was scarce among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within the time constraints of this Response.

In correspondence with the Research Directorate, the head of consular affairs at the Embassy of Honduras in Ottawa stated that [translation] "no changes [regarding the name of a parent] are made on birth certificates" unless the following considerations are met:

  1. The father who appears on the birth certificate carries out a legal process saying that he is not the real [parent] before the Judicial entities.
  2. An adoption process is carried out in which the biological parents appear before a court and a change is made through a court ruling in the National Registry of Persons (Registro Nacional de las Personas). (Honduras 12 July 2021)

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Reference

Honduras. 12 July 2021. Embassy of Honduras in Ottawa. Correspondence from the head of consular affairs to the Research Directorate.

Additional Sources Consulted

Oral sources: Honduras – Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, Consulate General in Montreal, Corte Suprema de Justicia, Registro Nacional de las Personas; lawyers in Honduras (3); Unión de Notarios de Honduras.

Internet sites, including: ecoi.net; El Heraldo; El Tiempo; Honduras – Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, Constitución de la República de Honduras, Consulate General in Montreal, Corte Suprema de Justicia, Embassy in Ottawa, Municipios de Honduras, Registro Nacional de las Personas; La Prensa; Trámites HN; UN – Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Refworld; Unión de Notarios de Honduras.