As the result of a traffic incident, a woman erupts in a racist tirade, a man follows a gay couple and assaults them, a vandal wreaks destruction in a Jewish neighbourhood and scrawls anti-Semitic slogans on the wall, …
Feelings of hatred towards other people can sometimes quickly escalate into verbal or non-verbal violence and destruction. Often, the perpetrator does not even know the victim, and the primary intention is to harm an entire group of people to which the individual belongs. This is the perpetrator's way of expressing the view that that specific group is not a desirable part of society.
Unia groups this type of incident under the header of ‘society’ because the crimes are committed in the public space, in a neighbourhood or a family environment. They generally involve hate speech or hate crimes.
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What does Unia do?
Have you been the victim of hate speech or hate crimes? Then you can report it to us. We will provide you with guidance and legal advice.
In exceptional cases, we will join you in taking legal action: but we do this only when the crimes are sufficiently serious, when dialogue with the perpetrators has proved impossible or in order to clarify the laws. We will never take legal action without your consent. If we go to court, we always strive first and foremost to arrange alternative measures rather than criminal penalties.
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Unia worried about anti-Semitism in Belgium
Unia will today again press in anti-Semitism hearings in the Belgian Senate for the reintroduction of an anti-Semitism watchdog. The organisation will further ask Minister Kris Peeters, now responsible for Equal Opportunities, to take the first steps towards an inter-federal action plan against discrimination and racism.
European civil servant victim of anti-Semitic attack: perpetrator convicted
The Brussels Criminal Court ruled in favour of Unia and a European civil servant, declaring that the anti-Semitic hate speech and assault were aggravating circumstances. The incident was described as ‘serious and unacceptable’. Unia director Els Keytsman is concerned about the verbal abuse and threats against the Jewish community in Belgium.
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Evaluation of federal anti-discrimination legislation (2017)
Article 52 of the Anti-Discrimination Law states that the application and effectiveness of the anti-discrimination laws must be assessed by the Legislative Chambers. Unia has prepared an assessment report on the Anti-Discrimination Law and the Anti-Racism Law based on its own practical experience, national jurisprudence and its general expertise in the fight against discrimination.
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