Administration of Justice

Belgian Judicial Statistics
www.just.fgov.be/img_publications/pdf/333.pdf

This report provides data on the Justice System of Belgium for 2009. In French.

Country Profile (U.S. Department of State)
www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2874.htm

A profile of Belgium including information organized into the categories of: geography, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations, U.S. relations and travel/business.

Statistics Belgium
www.statbel.fgov.be/

This website provides access to various statistical information concerning Belgium.  Available in Dutch, French, Deutsch, and English.

The World Factbook (CIA)
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/be.html

Provides a description of the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues of Belgium. Other country descriptions are written to a common template so that comparisons of similar functions in different countries can be made easily.


Corruption & Fraud

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) - Council of Europe
GRECO evaluation procedures involve the collection of information through questionnaire(s), on-site country visits enabling evaluation teams to solicit further information during high-level discussions with domestic key players, and drafting of evaluation reports. These reports, which are examined and adopted by GRECO, contain recommendations to the evaluated countries in order to improve their level of compliance with the provisions under consideration. Measures taken to implement recommendations are subsequently assessed by GRECO under a separate compliance procedure (website).

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published its Third Round Evaluation Report on Belgium. The report has been made public with the agreement of the country’s authorities. It focuses on two distinct themes: criminalization of corruption and transparency of party funding.


Drugs & Alcohol

Belgium National Report on Drugs
This national report provides an annual summary of the statistics of drug use and treatment issues in Belgium

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction: Country Overview
www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/country-overviews/be

This overview presents a comprehensive overview of the drugs situation in Belgium. Topics covered in the country overview include: drug use among the general population and young people, prevention, problem drug use, treatment demand, drug-related infectious diseases, drug-related deaths, treatment responses, harm reduction responses, drug markets and drug-related offences, national drug laws, national drug strategy, coordination mechanism in the field of drugs and drug-related research. Also included in the country report are key statistics on the drug situation and a barometer that indicates the prevalence profile and relative rating of the country.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) - National Reports
Commissioned each year by the EMCDDA and produced by the national focal points of the Reitox network, the National reports draw an overall picture of the drug phenomenon at national level in each EU Member state.


Human Rights

Amnesty International - International Report
An overview of the current human rights status of Belgium as determined by the Amnesty International Report. In Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

Annual Reports to Congress on Human Rights Practices - Belgium
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, to the U.S. Congress. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit a "full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Reports on several countries are included that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. (website).

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom - Belgium

These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, describe the status of religious freedom in Belgium, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (website).

Freedom House - Political Rights and Civil Liberties
Country report including basis political, economic, and social data arranged in the following categories: population, gross national income per capita (GNI/per capita), life-expectancy, religious groups, ethnic groups, captial, political rights, civil liberties, status, and a ten-year ratings timeline. Includes reports from 2002.

Trafficking in Human Beings in Belgium: 2007 - 2008
hrwf.net/uploads/Trafficking%20in%20human%20beings%202007-2008.doc

This report from Human Rights Without Frontiers International discusses the legal framework and issues around human trafficking in Belgium as well as presenting data and analysis.


Research & Statistics

Security in Brussels
http://www.brusselsstudies.be/PDF/EN_70_CFB2.pdf

Brussels is often talked about as a relatively unsafe city, and the city's inhabitants are inclined to express a feeling of low security. Yet the meagre quality of available data makes it difficult to form a precise view on the topic. This article addresses the issue of perception and reality of security in Brussels and offers conclusions for future research.