Antisemtisme.be reported 109 incidents. These include eleven instances of assault, 13 in which threats were made, and 22 involving the desecration of sacred places. The Stephen Roth Institute reported 28 violent incidents.
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Report Data - Belgium - 2009
The Centre for Equal Opportunity and Opposition to Racism (CEOOR) acted as a civil party in three lawsuits related to violent hate crimes allegedly motivated by homophobia.
In the case of Cakir v. Belgium, involving a Belgian citizen of Turkish origin who brought criminal proceedings against the police for physical and racist verbal abuse by police officers during his arrest and detention, the European Court of Human Rights found that the Belgian authorities had failed to take all reasonable measures to determine whether the police officers had engaged in criminal conduct and whether the alleged criminal conduct had a racist motivation. This case reaffirms states’ duties under the European Convention of Human Rights to actively investigate and prosecute potentially racist crimes when there is a reasonable appearance of bias motivation.
Belgium reported an incident in which two men were assaulted by five individuals in an attack allegedly motivated by homophobia.
Belgium reported the abuse and mistreatment of a man with mental disabilities. The alleged perpetrators were arrested and the case is under investigation.