Belgium

Region
Western Europe and Others
Regional Court
European Court of Human Rights
Regional Organisations
European Court of Human Rights
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe
European Union
Council of Europe
Legal System
Civil
International Obligations
Slavery
Servitude
Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery
Forced Labour
Human Trafficking

International Instruments

1926 Slavery Convention
23 September 1927
1953 Protocol to the Slavery Convention
13 December 1962
1956 Supplementary Slavery Convention
13 December 1962
1966 ICCPR
21 April 1983
1930 Forced Labour Convention
20 January 1944
2014 Protocol to the 1930 Forced Labour Convention
Not Party
1957 Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
23 January 1961
1999 Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
08 May 2002
2000 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons
11 August 2004
1998 Rome Statute of the ICC
28 June 2000

Summary of Domestic Prohibition

Slavery and Slave Trade
Practices Similar to Slavery
Servitude
Forced or Compulsory Labour
Human Trafficking
There appears to be no legislation in place in Belgium which prohibits slavery, although enslavement as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population is criminalised as a crime against humanity in article 136 ter of the Criminal Code. Sexual slavery as a war crime is also prohibited by article 136 quater.
There appears to be no legislation in place in Belgium which prohibits institutions and practices similar to slavery, although compelling marriage is criminalised by article 391 sexies of the Criminal code.
There appears to be no legislation in place in Belgium which prohibits servitude.
There appears to be no legislation in place in Belgium which prohibits forced labour, although article 433 ter of the Criminal Code prohibits forced begging and exploitation of begging.
Provisions related to trafficking in persons are found in the Criminal Code at article 433 quinquies which prohibits trafficking in persons, although limits the purposes to the exploitation of prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation, begging, work or services in conditions contrary to human dignity; the harvesting of organs; or the commission of crimes.

Legislative Provisions

CONSTITUTION OF BELGIUM 1831 (REV. 2014)

CRIMINAL CODE

LAW OF 15 DECEMBER 1980 ON ACCESS TO THE TERRITORY, RESIDENCE, ESTABLISHMENT AND REMOVAL OF ALIENS

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