Discrimination against Muslims in Europe remains an increasing problem
Many Muslims in Europe are still confronted with discrimination, physical violence and harassment, despite the fact that most of them feel a strong connection to their country of residence. This is the conclusion of the FRA in a new report. The FRA is the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. The report is based on material including responses from 25,000 residents of Europe with a migration background.
Forty-nine percent of the Muslims surveyed in Belgium are aware of whom to contact with complaints about discrimination. This puts Belgium in fourth place on the list of European countries surveyed. Only in Denmark, the United Kingdom and Cyprus is there a greater degree of awareness about the organisation that can help.
‘We are pleased that more and more people are finding their way to Unia. That demonstrates that we provide a necessary service. However, we need to work to continue to make ourselves better known each day. Too many victims do not report discrimination because they are not familiar with Unia,’ says Els Keytsman, director of Unia.
According to the FRA, in Europe, nearly one in three Muslims report experiencing discrimination when looking for a job. This jeopardises their chances of truly becoming a part of society. Moreover, no fewer than one in four Muslims reports having experienced multiple instances of harassment.
Improve the collection and processing of equality data in Belgium
"Improving equality data collection in Belgium" (IEDCB) is a Belgian project co-funded by the European Commission's Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme. It is carried out in partnership by the Equal Opportunities Team (FOD Justitie - SPF Justice) and Unia.
Unia calls for urgent action to fight structural discrimination against people of African origin
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Unia is publishing a report about the discrimination against people of African origin in Belgium and is making a series of recommendations. It is in the areas of employment, housing and education that the discriminations and inequalities suffered by this group are most keenly felt. "The contrast between their high level of education and their low level of employment is striking," says Els Keytsman and Patrick Charlier, Directors of Unia.
The ban on full-face veils and the Covid-19 pandemic
From a human rights perspective, the decree on face masks is particularly interesting, especially if we take into account the fact that in some European countries wearing full-face veils in public spaces is prohibited by law and can lead to sanctions (i.e. fines, prison, administrative fines).
#GiveMe1Minute video competition: more than 100 schools against racism
"The #GiveMe1Minute video competition will be held again," announced Els Keytsman, director of Unia, at the school competition's first award ceremony in Kazerne Dossin. "More than 100 entries came in from the length and breadth of Belgium, and the competition was a huge success."