Parallel report to the UN Committee against all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) (2021)

Did you know that in Belgium there is no legal framework allowing a person who is being controlled by the police to know why he or she is being checked out? That it took twelve years for a royal decree on positive actions in the workplace to be approved for the private sector, and that this still did not happen for the public sector? And that Belgium, during the Durban conference (2001), committed itself to drawing up an inter-federal action plan against racism, the implementation of which only started this year (2021)?

You can read about all this and many other topics in the parallel report of Unia and Myria to the UN Committee against all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

As a national human rights institution, Unia submits a parallel report every time Belgium is subject to a periodic review. The UN Committees use these reports and the reports of civil society as a basis for their dialogue with Belgium regarding the human rights situation in our country and to identify areas where improvements are still necessary.

After this dialogue (which is called 'constructive dialogue'), the Committees submit their 'concluding observations', containing their concerns and recommendations to the Belgian state.

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

In April 2021 a dialogue took place between Belgium and CERD, based on the state report and information provided by the associations and Unia. The CERD adopted these concluding observations on the situation in Belgium.