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Oct. 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Belgium, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Finland, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden
Variables: GP-SCALE-2

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Oct. 18, 2019, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela
Variables: ERBG-SCALE-1

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Oct. 16, 2019, 10:40 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Belgium criminalized sex and labor trafficking through a 2005 amendment to the 1995 Act Containing Measures to Repress Trafficking in Persons. The prescribed penalties ranged from one to 20 years’ imprisonment, which were sufficiently stringent and, with respect to sex trafficking, commensurate with penalties prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape. Belgium’s definition of trafficking in persons was broader than the definition in the 2000 UN TIP Protocol. The failure of an employer to meet the prevailing wage and working conditions can constitute “exploitation” under Belgian law, and the government included these cases in its prosecution data. Contrary to the definition of trafficking under international law, coercion is considered...more
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:40 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-3

"The government granted identified foreign victims temporary residence and employment permits and protective services; suspected trafficking victims could receive a reflection period, which granted them 45 days to receive services while they decided whether to work with law enforcement. If they decided to make a formal complaint, they could receive a three-month residence permit that provided them the right to work. If a public prosecutor confirmed the individuals were trafficking victims, they could receive a six-month residence and work permit, renewable until the end of the criminal case. Victims who were not citizens of EU member states could obtain permanent residency only upon the successful prosecution and sentencing of traffickers"...more
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"As reported over the past five years, sex and labor traffickers exploit foreign and domestic victims in Belgium. Foreign victims come primarily from Asia, Eastern Europe, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, among them Thailand, India, Romania, Morocco, and Nigeria. Labor traffickers exploit male victims in restaurants, bars, sweatshops, horticulture, fruit farms, construction, cleaning businesses, and retail shops. Sex traffickers exploit Belgian girls, some of whom are recruited by local pimps, and foreign children, including Roma. Forced begging within the Romani community in Belgium also occurs. Labor traffickers exploit foreign workers in forced domestic servitude" (103).
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Government of Belgium fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period; therefore Belgium remained on Tier 1. These efforts included publishing a child trafficking addendum to the national action plan, identifying more victims, and increasing training and awareness across the healthcare sector. Although the government meets the minimum standards, authorities failed to follow protocol to immediately refer all children to child protective services, its appropriation mechanism continued to cause funding uncertainty and undue administrative burden for NGO-run shelters, and it did not report complete law enforcement data" (101). "The government maintained law enforcement efforts...more
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"In 2018, the government identified and assisted 139 victims (including 80 victims of labor exploitation, 38 victims of sexual exploitation, and 21 victims of other forms of exploitation), compared to 137 victims in 2017 (including 61 victims of labor exploitation, 59 victims of sex exploitation, and 17 victims of other forms of exploitation)" (102).
Sept. 20, 2019, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Argentina, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-1

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July 29, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"The government’s victim protection infrastructure was based on three specialized NGO-run shelters, for which the government allocated approximately €426,000 ($488,530) each in 2018, compared with €428,000 ($490,830) in 2017. The NGO-run shelters also received unspecified amounts of funding from regional governments. While NGOs referred many victims to the shelters, law enforcement, social workers, and medical professionals identified most victims. NGO-run shelters provided psycho-social, medical, and legal care and were open to all victims regardless of gender, immigration status, or nationality. Despite the government’s complete reliance on these three NGO-run shelters for the majority of victims’ services, NGO-run shelters continued to carry the perennial administrative burden of requesting funding each year...more
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Angola, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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May 1, 2019, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: Belarus, Belgium, Ecuador, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine
Variables: SUICIDE-SCALE-3

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May 1, 2019, 7:50 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Chad, China, D R Congo, Egypt, Ireland, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palestine, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine
Variables: SUICIDE-SCALE-1

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April 4, 2019, 7:45 a.m.
Countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

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April 4, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
Countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

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April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

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March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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March 11, 2019, 7:24 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“A 24-year old Belgian woman who suffers from depression and has had a ’death wish’ since childhood has been granted the right to die - even though she’s not terminally ill. Doctors gave the young women, identified only as Laura, the go-ahead to be euthanized by lethal injection after she spent her life battling suicidal thoughts” (para 1-2).
March 11, 2019, 7:18 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Yeah, it was a complete shock. Of course, I knew that my mother was suffering mentally. But she would never have done it herself. She never would have committed suicide. I went to talk to they physician who killed my mother and he told me he was absolutely certain my mother didn’t want to live anymore...Mertier says his mother’s depression came partly from being estranged from her children, so her doctors should have reached out to him. And, he’s convinced his mother - severely depressed and on medication - was not in the right state of mind to make such a decision” This is a quote from a man whose...more
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, DV-LAW-3

A woman's testimony carries the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: CLCW-LAW-2

A woman in Belgium can legally apply for a passport in the same way as a man (66). A woman in Belgium can legally travel outside of the country in the same way as a man (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

Sons and daughters have equal inheritance rights in Belgium (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

A woman in Belgium can legally choose where she lives in the same way as a man (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

Women in Belgium can work the same night hours as men. Women can work in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous, or morally inappropriate. Women are able to perform the same tasks at work as men (66). The ages at which women and men can retire with full and partial pension benefits are equal (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: CL-LAW-1

The government of Belgium provides for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of the elderly and disabled (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

A woman in Belgium can legally get a job in the same way as a man. Women can work the same night hours as men. Women are able to work in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous, or morally inappropriate. Women are able to perform the same tasks at work at men. Women can work in the same industries as men (66). The ages at which men and women can retire with full and partial pension benefits are equal (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: IIP-LAW-2, AFE-PRACTICE-1

There is no legislation on sexual harassment in education in Belgium (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

Belgium law mandates nondiscrimination based on gender in employment and the dismissal of pregnant workers is prohibited. There is legislation on sexual harassment in employment but not in education. There are no criminal penalties for sexual harassment in employment, but there are civil remedies (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

Primary education in Belgium is free and compulsory (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: MARR-LAW-3

A woman in Belgium can legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man and sign a contract without requiring the presence of her husband or male relatives (66).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

Women make up 46% of the total labor force in Belgium (66).