Police and the judiciary need to improve their fight against discrimination of LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) according to an action plan by the secretary of state for equal opportunities Zuhal Demir (N-VA), reported Belgian newspapers on Friday. In total, Zuhal Demir plans 122 actions in cooperation with her fellow federal and regional ministers. The aim is to provide additional opportunities for the police and the judiciary to combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
“Discrimination is unfortunately still present in our society”, says the minister. In 2016, the Center for Equal Opportunities (Unia) opened 104 files on this issue.
Concretely, police officers will receive additional training. A national contact point will be established and discrimination against transsexuals should be more severely punished.