Parallel CCPR Report (2019)
Belgium regularly reports to the United Nations on how it implements the international conventions it has signed. This time, it is compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) that is being examined.
Unia, as a National Human Rights Institution (status B) has submitted a parallel report. Myria and the The Combat Poverty, Insecurity and Social Exclusion Service also contributed to this report. Unia addressed topics as diverse as:
- the impact of counter-terrorism measures on human rights,
- discrimination and racist violence,
- discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,
- the need to amend certain articles of the law,
On the basis of Belgium's report and the parallel and alternative reports provided to the UN, the United Nations Human Rights Committee will provide recommendations to Belgium. The purpose of these recommendations is to help Belgium to further improve its respect for the rights and freedoms provided for in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
This report is available in French and English.
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).