Parallel report to the Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) (2021)
Since 2011, Unia has been the independent mechanism for promoting, protecting and monitoring the application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Belgium.
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.
Parallel report to the Committee against torture (CAT) (2021)
Lack of reliable and centralized data on allegations of police violence, refoulement or deportation of foreigners despite the risk of torture and ill-treatment, and persistent shortcomings in the care of internees: these are some of the findings of this report.
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.
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)?
Socio-economic Monitoring 2019: labour market and origin
In Belgium, a person's origin is still an obstacle on the labour market. To help change this situation, the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue and Unia have jointly developed the ‘Socio-economic Monitoring’. A fourth publication, in line with the three previous ones, has just been published.
Identifying and tackling problematic or abusive forms of police selectivity
Unia funded a research on police selectivity, conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) and the Brussels North police zone. Main conclusion? The management of a police zone has a strong impact on police practices. It is therefore at this level that we must work to improve the relationship between the police and the population.
Parallel CESCR Report (2020)
Unia and Myria present their parallel report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Carnival and the limits of freedom of expression
The carnival parades and popular festivities are usually rife with stereotypes (often) of minorities. The aim of this analysis is to approach the subject objectively, detached from the often highly inflamed emotions and intractable differences of opinion.
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.
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