Agreement between the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities and the federal police: Annual Report 2014
The federal police and the Centre for Equal Opportunities have been working together closely since 1996 in order to bring this ambition to fruition and fully integrate diversity in the existing processes within the police. This partnership is governed by an agreement between the Belgian minister of the interior and the Centre. This creates a clear framework in which the police and the Centre can continue to work in partnership to fight discrimination, hate speech and hate messages.
Insofar as this agreement is unlimited in time, it also allows them to elaborate a multi-year vision together for joint actions.
A collaboration based on three pillars
Within the framework of this partnership, the Centre and the police have chosen a multifaceted and integrated approach aimed at taking long-lasting, structural action in favour of greater diversity. The current partnership is based on three essential pillars which are complementary, with each bringing an added value to the collaboration:
- Diversity training
- Support for the integrated police’s Community of Practice Diversity;
- Support for structural diversity management projects.
These three pillars are the subject of specific comments in Chapter 2 of this Annual Report, ‘Activities within the partnership’s framework’. In Chapter 1, ‘Ethical competences in the fight against discrimination and racism’, we have firmly opted for another approach this year: to analyse in greater depth a certain number of horizontal observations within the framework of the collaboration between the police and the Centre, based on both external and internal contributions. Besides the diversity training pillar, we have fully focused on implementing structural projects over the past few years. This has allowed us to pinpoint obstacles and structural challenges within the police organisation. We therefore hope to provide an initial boost to modify processes, if necessary, and initiate a policy likely to truly integrate diversity within the police force.
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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.
Unia’s work expressed in figures for 2016
Unia received no fewer than 5,619 reports of discrimination in 2016. These led to 1,907 case files being opened concerning possible discrimination, hate speech or hate crimes. This represents an increase of 20 percent from 2015.
Annual report 2015. Living together put to the test.
The year 2015 left a deep mark on our society. Violent conflicts and tensions on a global scale have had a direct impact on us. As we finalise this annual report, Belgium is suffering the repercussions of the bomb attacks at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels.
Unia’s work expressed in figures for 2015
One of Unia's statutory tasks is to deal with "individual reports". Hence, anyone can contact Unia to ask a question, request an intervention, submit an observation or raise any other issue relating to anti-discrimination legislation or the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities, as provided for in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).