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Belgium is a founding member of both the European Union and the Council of Europe. This chapter commences with the relevant provisions of the Constitution of Belgium of 17 February 1994, amended up to 7 May 2007. It presents the legislation related to human rights, including the law on punishing the denial, reduction, justification or approval of the genocide perpetrated by the German National Socialist Regime during the Second World War of 1995, as amended up to 1999. The chapter also describes the penal code provisions and provision on non-discrimination, including law combating certain acts motivated by racism or xenophobia of 1981, as amended up to 2007. The chapter finally presents the provisions on equality bodies/ombudsman.

Keywords:Belgium; Council of Europe; equality bodies; European Union; human rights related legislation; non-discrimination; ombudsman; penal code provisions



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