ECRI Report, (fifth monitoring cycle). Published on 25 February 2014
ECRI Report, (fifth monitoring cycle). Published on 25 February 2014View full Research
Type of publication
Area/location of interest
Not applicable - national level
Type of Institution
ECRI | European Commission against Racism and Intolerance | Council of Europe
Main Thematic Focus
Racism & xenophobia Discrimination
Muslims Migrants People with migrant background
Ethnic and religious groups, in particular Muslims, continue to face in general many disadvantages, including discrimination in key fields of life. Muslims are often represented in a negative way in the public debate.
The law banning the full veil and the failure of a number of local authorities to authorise the opening of mosques have further strengthened the Muslim Community’s feeling that they are the target of discrimination.
A large number of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and homophobia cases are dropped by prosecutors.
The situation concerning hate speech on the Internet is extremely worrying with a sharp increase in racist webpages and discussion fora on Belgian sites. Until now, the Federal Police and the Prosecution Service did not record hate speech as a specific category of a criminal offence.
Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)
The working methods for the preparation of the reports involve documentary analyses, a visit to the country concerned, and then a confidential dialogue with the national authorities.
Sample details and representativeness
ECRI’s reports are analyses based on a great deal of information gathered from a wide variety of sources.
DISCLAIMERThe information presented here is collected under contract by the FRA's research network FRANET. The information and views contained do not necessarily reflect the views or the official position of the FRA.