What doesn’t Unia do?
Unia may only act within the framework of its official responsibilities, which means that it is not able to defend all victims of discrimination.
In other words, Unia does not have competence for any discrimination that is based on criteria that are not included in the law. Nor does it have the authority to handle discrimination based on gender, as this is handled by the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men. Unia also does not have competence for discrimination based on language. The respect for the laws concerning the use of language by public services is overseen by the Language Control Commission, but for other forms of linguistic discrimination, there is no competent organisation. Unia is also not involved in the analysis of migration, the fundamental rights of foreigners or human trafficking. This is the role of the Federal Migration Centre, Myria.
Unia is not a court of law: the advice issued by Unia is non-binding, although its expertise is widely recognised.
Unia is not a social service for assisting people with administrative or social procedures.
Unia is not a law firm: the specialists who work at Unia can provide you with free advice and support on steps that you take personally. They are not lawyers and therefore cannot represent you in legal matters.
Unia does not have competence for incidents that take place outside of Belgian territory.