Belgian rights groups are urging authorities to implement strong measures to mitigate the coronavirus crisis in the country's overcrowded prison system.
Last week, the Belgium Monitoring Committee on counterterrorism policies (T Committee) released its annual report before the Senate, highlighting the fact that the fight against terrorism must not affect human rights.
The NGOs LDH, CNAPD and Vredesactie, along with Amnesty International, have welcomed this major decision by the Council of State regarding arms exports to a country well known for its human rights abuses and suspected of committing war crimes.
The mutual legal assistance that Belgian authorities recently granted to Kazakhstan in the context of an investigation concerning a Kazakh refugee woman in Belgium raises questions on the conditions under which such collaboration can operate.
The Brussels Court of First Instance has ruled in favour of the organisers of the photography exhibition “Don’t Shoot”, by recognising the right to publish un-blurred photographs of police officers performing their duties in public spaces.
After an appeal by LDH against the transposition of the EU Directive on passenger name records, the Belgian Constitutional Court has decided to submit 10 prejudicial questions to the CJEU, reflecting the concerns raised by privacy advocates.
The League of Human Rights and Liga voor Mensenrechten have lodged an appeal before the Constitutional Court against a new law requiring the introduction of digital fingerprints on identity cards.
CIVICUS Monitor update on Belgium - June 2019
Belgium’s refusal to grant humanitarian visas to a Syrian family who turned up at the Beirut embassy has led to the case being brought before the European Court of Human Rights.
In 2018 a Brussels court ruled that Facebook had broken privacy laws and needed to erase illegally-gathered data on Belgian users, but now the social media behemoth is challenging the decision in an appeals court. The...