Annual report 2020: vulnerable human rights in times of crisis

In this extraordinary year, Unia continued to fight for human rights and equality. The corona pandemic acted like a magnifying glass. Those already in a vulnerable position were often the first or hardest hit by Covid-19 or its measures.

The annual report focusses on inequality in society through two lenses. The first lens is that of prevention. Read more about the partners we work with, the recommendations we make and the training we give in various sectors. This is how we structurally work towards a more equal society

Through the second lens we see how Unia reacts when boundaries are crossed. You can read how we deal with reports of discrimination and how we take action against hate speech and hate crimes. Just like in previous years, the number of reports rose sharply this year, by 11.7% compared to 2019. However, the number of cases opened by Unia on this basis is stabilising. This is partly due to the fact that sometimes dozens, even hundreds of people report the same fact to Unia. The harsh tone on social media continues to increase and the pandemic causes a flare-up of hate speech. Unia therefore continues to argue for the amendment of Article 150 of the Belgian Constitution, so that incitement to hatred never goes unpunished.

Furthermore, you can read extensive analyses in this annual report about diverse subjects such as the impact of the corona crisis on persons with disabilities, discrimination tests on the housing and labour market or multiple discrimination.

Unia’s full 2020 annual report is available for download in the three official languages of Belgium: FrenchDutch and German.

Comparable publications

29 September 2021

Data on (in)equality & discrimination in Belgium: results of the project ‘Improving equality data collection in Belgium’ (2021)


"Improving equality data collection in Belgium” (IEDCB) is a Belgian project co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme of the Directorate-General for Justice of the European Commission. It was realised thanks to a partnership between Unia and the Equal Opportunities Team of the Federal Public Service for Justice. The project aims to improve the collection and processing of equality data in Belgium.