Situation of travelers in Belgium following police operation ‘Strike’ on 7 May 2019
The Council of Europe, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues and the European Commission must investigate whether the police and judiciary did not take excessive measures against travelers. That’s what Unia says in a report on the actions of the police and the judiciary during a large-scale investigation into car scam. The report lists a range of measures that have serious consequences for entire families, including children, the elderly and the sick. It was made on the basis of testimonies.
On 7 May 2019, the police raided various residential car parks during an investigation into car scam. During this raid 90 caravans of families were confiscated, among other things. Since then, many of the families have no roof over their heads, their bank accounts have been blocked without explanation, their caravans have been confiscated or their number plates have been deregistered.
On 18 May, Unia and the French-speaking Commissioner for Children's Rights expressed their concern about this in an opinion piece published in La Libre. In it they insisted that human rights should be respected and that the government should come up with solutions.
According to the people with whom Unia spoke, the excessive measures continue to increase the risk of discrimination and inhuman and degrading treatment.
At the time of publication of this report, some twenty caravans were said to have been resold by order of the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office.
The report was delivered to the international authorities on 12 July. You can download the French and Dutch report on this page. This report was also translated in English by the European Roma Rights Centre.
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.
Diversity Barometer Education (2018)
Unia commissioned a study to be carried out about equal opportunities in the schools in the three Communities in Belgium. The Diversity Barometer Education is the final part of a triptych. The first two parts were about Employment (2012) and Housing (2014).
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.
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.