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Report Data - Belgium - 2015

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 1446 1006 -
2017 875 60 56
2016 845 70 59
2015 881 69 56
2014 1064 76 61

Hate crimes recorded by police

NGO reports 
Organization Report 

The Collective against Islamophobia in Belgium (CCIB) reported an incident in which a Palestinian restaurant was vandalized; the damage included swastika graffiti. Antisemitisme.be reported one incident of graffiti.

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Antisemitisme.be reported a physical assault causing serious injury; a physical assault carried out by a group against an Israeli football fan; two additional physical assaults targeting people visibly identifiable as Jewish; one robbery, which was a part of the harassment over several months of a Jewish student; and an incident in which five Stolpersteine, stones commemorating Holocaust victims, were covered in red paint.

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ILGA-Europe and Cavaria reported four physical assaults, including one in which a firearm was used against a gay couple and one in which a gay man was attacked by a group.

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Racism Islamophobia Watch (ORIW) reported an incident of physical violence targeting a twelve year old child, who was slapped by an educator for refusing to eat pork; and a series of threatening envelopes containing white substance sent to two mosques and a regional centre for integration.

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The Kantor Center reported six cases of anti-Semitic violence.

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Organization Report 

SETA reported three incidents of threats, including two threatening letters and the delivery of suspicious powder in the mail.

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Organization Report 

The Collective against Islamophobia in Belgium (CCIB) reported four physical assaults, including one in which a knife and a firearm were used, and two others in which pedestrians were hit by a car; five threats; three incidents of graffiti; and the desecration of a mosque in which severed pig heads were found in the backyard.

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Organization Report 

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe (OIDC) reported three incidents of vandalism to churches, one of which involved graffiti.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

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

Holy See Reports 
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Reports
Organization Report 

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.

Overview of incidents reported by civil society groups and organizations 
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