Equal Opportunities Team (Federal Public Service Justice), the integrated police service, the judiciary and equality bodies – the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities (UNIA) and the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men (Cel Gelijke Kansen, de Geïntegreerde Politie, de gerechtelijke macht het Interfederaal Gelijkekansencentrum (UNIA) en het Instituut voor de gelijkheid van vrouwen en mannen/La cellule Egalité des chances, la Police Intégrée, le pouvoir judiciaire, le Centre interfédéral pour l’égalité des chances (UNIA) et l’Institut pour l’égalité des femmes et des hommes).
8 July 2020.
ongoing (as of May 2021).
The working group on registration of hate crimes, the COL 13/2013 working group, the integrated police service and the judiciary.
Funded by regular budget – integrated in the regular operations of the members the COL 13/2013 Working Group.
In January 2020, FRA and ODIHR organised a workshop on the registration of hate crimes and offences in collaboration with the Equal Opportunities Team of the Federal Public Service Justice. Following the recommendations that FRA and ODIHR made at the workshop, a working group composed of representatives of the Equal Opportunities Team, the police, the judiciary and UNIA was set up to optimise the registration of hate crimes. The aim of the working group on the registration of hate crimes is to provide solutions to the various deficiencies in the registration of hate crimes in Belgium: currently, there is no obligation to systematically register all hate crimes at police level; it is technically impossible to register cases of multiple discrimination (hate crimes that are committed on the basis of several protected criteria); and there is no systematic transmission of registrations made by the police to the information technology (IT) systems of the judiciary and the Central Criminal Records Office.
The working group serves as a subgroup of the COL 13/2013 working group and consists of police and judicial IT experts, police and judicial statisticians, field actors, equality bodies, the coordinating magistrate of the COL 13/2013 working group and the Equal Opportunities Team. The working group on the registration of hate crimes monitors the implementation of FRA’s and ODIHR’s recommendations and examines whether or not COL 13/2013 can be adopted to make the process of registering hate crimes more efficient.
Representatives of both the integrated police service (local police and federal police) and the judiciary are part of the working group, as well as field actors, who are aware of what is necessary, feasible and possible in practice (e.g. reference police officers, reference magistrates and the Local Police Permanent Commission). In addition, cooperation with equality bodies is important within the working group: representatives of UNIA and the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men provide expertise on specific topics. Depending on the theme and the issues, the working group can seek advice from experts (such as victim services and academics). The working group can also ask civil society organisations for feedback on certain questions, which will be taken into account in any reflections by the working group.
Monitoring and evaluation have not been carried out yet. The work of the subgroup is still in progress, and concrete and final proposals are yet to be formulated. Regular meetings are organised within the subgroup to discuss the different suggestions. A final document with different suggestions on how to improve the registration of hate crimes will be presented at the working group in charge of evaluating COL 13/2013.
Equal Opportunities Team (Federal Public Service Justice)