Belgium regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Belgium's Criminal Code includes several penalty-enhancement provisions for specific offences. The data reported to ODIHR do not present cases of hate crime, incitement to hatred and discrimination separately. Hate crime data are collected by law enforcement agencies, the Prosecutor's Office and the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CEOOR).


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2016 Not available Not available Not available
2015 Not available Not available Not available
2014 Not available Not available Not available
2013 375 822 45
2012 615 893 66

Holy See information

  • The Holy See and the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe reported the case of a bias-motivated murder of an elderly woman in a church. Belgian authorities confirmed that the case is under prosecution and that no bias motive had been registered.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Belgium has not periodically reported reliable information and statistics on hate crimes to ODIHR.