Flanders gets anti-racism centres
27 November 2003, BRUSSELS – The Brussels-based Centre for Equal Opportunities and Against Racism is to open offices throughout Flanders by 21 March next year.
27 November 2003
BRUSSELS – The Brussels-based Centre for Equal Opportunities and Against Racism is to open offices throughout Flanders by 21 March next year.
The offices, which will be run by local authorities and organisations involved in work with immigrant integration, youth and training, will teach local representatives how to define racism and deal with complaints.
The Brussels Centre will meet representatives of the anti-racism offices once a month and help them to prepare court action against offenders.
The idea to open offices throughout Flanders arose when the anti-racism centre realised it could not monitor the situation in the provinces with its small staff of only five specialists.
Until now, Flanders had lacked easy-access local offices where people could complain about alleged racism, as well as accessible judicial assistance.
Last year the centre registered more than 1,100 complaints, of which 26 were referred to the judicial authorities.
Subject: Belgian news