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Belgium; European Court of Human Rights: Belgium Condemned for Degrading Treatment of Roma Family of Asylum Seekers

(July 16, 2015) On July 7, 2015, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rendered a Chamber judgment in the case of V.M. and Others v. Belgium, in which the majority held that Belgium had violated article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights and article 13 (right […]

Belgium: Class Action Lawsuits Introduced

(June 26, 2014) On March 28, 2014, the Federal Parliament of Belgium enacted a law adding a new section on “collective compensation action” to the Code of Economic Law. The new title on collective compensation action will be part of Book XVII, Special Jurisdictional Procedures of the Code. (Loi portant insertion d’un titre 2 “De […]

Belgium: Removal of Age Restriction for Euthanasia

(Mar. 11, 2014) On March 2, 2014, Belgium’s King Philippe signed into law an amendment to that country’s euthanasia law that would open the medically assisted suicide option to children. (Christian Laporte, Le Roi a signé la loi sur l’extension de l’euthanasie [The King Has Signed the Law Extending Euthanasia], LA LIBRE (updated Mar. 3, […]

Belgium: Euthanasia Option May Be Extended to Children

(Dec. 17, 2013) On December 12, 2013, the Belgian Senate voted to permit euthanasia in cases of children who are terminally ill. The proposal had been approved by a Senate committee on November 27. (Jaclyn Belczyk, Belgium Senate Votes to Extend Euthanasia Law to Terminally Ill Minors, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Dec. 13, 2013); Proposition de […]

Belgium: Antwerp Attorney-General Calls for Comprehensive DNA Database

(Dec. 5, 2013) Yves Liégeois, the Attorney-General (Procureur-général) of Antwerp, has recently suggested that DNA samples be taken from all babies born in Belgium, as well as from all new immigrants, and entered into a database that could be used to solve future crimes. “I think it would be a good idea to collect DNA […]

Belgium: Rules for Hiring Out Labor Come into Force

(Mar. 4, 2013) A Belgian law of December 27, 2012, published in the State Gazette on December 31, became effective on January 10, 2013. Among its provisions are rules on the hiring out of workers to other companies. (Leen Holvoet, The New Programme Act, LEXGO.BE (last visited Feb. 28, 2013).) Belgium’s government defines the “hiring […]

Belgium: International Human Rights Organization to File Complaint over Treatment of Roma

(Sept. 29, 2010) The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues will file a complaint against Belgium before the Council of Europe Social Rights Committee over Belgium's treatment of Roma and “travelers” (La Belgique poursuivie au Conseil de l'Europe pour son traitement des roms, LEMONDE.FR (Sept. 20, 2010), The complaint will be based on violation […]

Belgium: List of Tax Havens Gazetted

(May 21, 2010) A Belgian Royal Decree of May 6, 2010, with retroactive effect from January 1, 2010, provides a list of jurisdictions deemed tax havens pursuant to article 307, section 1, items 3-6, of the Income Tax Code 1992. The decree was published in the May 12, 2010, issue of the official gazette, MONITEUR […]

Belgium: Terror Suspects Convicted, Sentenced

(May 13, 2010) It was reported on May 10, 2010, that eight people were convicted in Belgium for leading a terrorist group and recruiting people to fight for the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The fighters were recruited from Belgium and France. (Belgium Convicts Eight on Terrorism Charges, BBC NEWS, May 10, 2010, […]

Belgium: Chamber of Representatives Adopts Draft Law Banning Covering of the Face in Public Places

(May 7, 2010) On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu intégral, Séance plénière du 29-04-2010, La Chambre des Représentants de Belgique, available at If adopted later by the […]