Belgium is improving its anyway remarkable record on human rights. The new government, that took office in October 2014, promised to establish a new National Human Rights Institution, for monitoring human rights. In many fields the situation might be described as excellent, especially regarding almost total improbability of extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, conscription of minors, denying the legal rights or right to privacy or similar misdeeds by authorities. Like in the rest of Europe, death penalty is abolished. Very high respect is paid also to women’s and girls’ rights and the equality of sexual minorities. Freedom of assembly, of expression and of opinion is highly regarded. Advancements have been made regarding the treatment in prisons or custody, even though not
much is done regarding overcrowding. Security forces are under strict civilian and democratic control and bound (and trained) to respect human rights. Eradication of child or other involuntary or slave labour is under way, even though the struggle against sex slavery will take time. The treatment of migrant workers, as well as of refugees or asylum seekers could improve. Freedom of thought is occasionally endangered, from various sides, be it by too strictly formulated rules of political correctness or through societal pressure from various ethnic, ideological or other interest groups. Minority rights should be advanced to match other high human rights’ standards. Linguistic rights of the people living in areas where their mother-tongue is in minority should be implemented alongside a more active state and societal support to multilingualism.