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Three Belgian companies are being prosecuted for exporting chemicals to Syria, one of which could be used in the production of sarin gas.

The firms say they acted with the seeming consent of Belgian customs between 2014 and 2016, but were subsequently alleged to have failed to apply for the permits that would protect them from falling foul of a current global ban on the exports.

According to a UK research group, Bellingcat, and a German non-profit organisation, Syrian Archive,...

Belgium's far-right New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party leader Bart De Wever, who is also the mayor of Antwerp city, accused the Muslim population of "creating tension" in the country.

In an interview, De Wever claimed that the Muslim community's "insistence" regarding the use of religious symbols was creating tension and that they were more inclined to create such problems than the Jewish community, who he said avoided such controversy.

"The Jews accept rules. I have not seen...

Belgian authorities are investigating allegations that dozens of local police officers used private citizens’ personal information to register online gambling accounts. On Saturday, Belgian news outlet Het Nieuwsblad reported that dozens of officers at the Antwerp Police Service were under investigation for using private citizens’ data to open online gambling accounts, thereby allowing the officers to bypass rules prohibiting police from engaging in such activities. The chicanery was...

The mayor Françoise Schepmans of Sint-Jans Molenbeek, a Muslim of half population, said it would not allow extreme right-wing activity. Schepmans stressed that he does not want Dutch leader Wilders and extreme right-wing Flemish interest party leader Filip De Winter's visit to Molenbeek. If necessary, police will be forced out of county extreme-right wing politicians.

Wilders and Flemish interest (Vlaams Belang) leader Dewinter decided to go to district of Molenbeek in Brussels,...

A website's ad campaign telling young women they could fund their studies by dating a sugar daddy has provoked a wave of anger at Belgian universities. Vans have been driven around universities displaying messages such as "Hey students! Improve your lifestyle" and "Zero euro student loan? Date a sugar daddy". Politicians and universities are taking legal action to stop the campaign. The website involved is already under fire for an ad campaign in Norway. Sugar daddy apps in the UK say they...

A Danish Muslim woman, who refused to remove her face veil –niqab- during security checks at Brussels airport, was deported to Tunisia, Belgian officials said Saturday. Belgium's State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken confirmed the incident on his official Twitter account. "A Danish citizen coming from Tunisia refused to take off her niqab at our border. Police could not identify her. She was sent back to Tunis," Francken tweeted. He did not identify the woman by her name. "...

European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) upheld Belgium's Muslim face veil ban in a ruling announced Tuesday. The court ruled that the restriction sought to guarantee social cohesion, the "protection of the rights and freedoms of others" and that it was "necessary in a democratic society." The court rejected arguments by three Muslim women who had worn the niqab - a veil covering the face except for the eyes - that their rights to privacy and freedom of conscience had been unjustifiably...

A Turkish man was severely beaten by a racist Dutch mob in Belgium for supporting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reports said Monday. The incident took place in Neerpelt municipality near the Dutch border on May 21, when a Turkish man identified as Ali Fakıoğlu was intercepted by a mob after closing his restaurant at night, who was then subjected to verbal and physical harassment.

Fakıoğlu said the Dutch mob, whose members were wearing clothes bearing racist symbols, asked him if he...

Belgium's Wallooon region has voted to ban kosher and halal meats by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals. The environment committee of southern Belgium's Walloon Parliament voted unanimously for the ban, which will take effect in September 2019 if the parliament's plenary approves the ban later this month. Both Jewish kosher and Islamic halal rituals require the butcher to swiftly slaughter the animal by slitting its throat and draining its blood, a process condemned by animal...

The Belgian authorities have rejected the visa applications of four Turkish imams who requested long-term visas to work in the country.

The Belgian Foreign Affairs Council supported the rejection decision given by Belgian State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, German daily Deutsche Welle reported on March 16.

According to Belgian media reports, Francken has declined the applications of 12 imams this year, saying they wanted to preach sermons in mosques...

An Amnesty International report has highlighted expanded surveillance powers and search and detention laws as eroding basic freedoms. Ethnic and religious minorities in particular face discrimination.

The human rights organization Amnesty International released a report Tuesday morning detailing the "draconian powers" many European nations have put in place as part of their efforts to combat terrorism. Entitled "Dangerously disproportionate: the ever-expanding national security state...

A six-year-old Belgian boy from Brussels is in critical situation after a 15-hour long balcony punishment in frigid weather on Wednesday.

The young child was being punished by his parents for taking food from the kitchen without authorization, and forced to stay on the outside balcony of his house from 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. while temperatures dropped to around three degrees Celsius in the region, local media outlets report.

Rescue services recovered the child, who was...

Belgium's response to the threat of terrorism has been "heavy handed" and "cruel," and suspects have often suffered abuse from police, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report published Thursday.

The rights group said police abused suspects and placed them in prolonged isolation, suspended passports and scrutinized phone and email logs without approval.

"Belgium has worked hard this past year to prevent further attacks, but its law and policy responses have been undermined by...

Officials from the European Parliament will on Tuesday pay their first visit to Turkey since the foiled coup attempt of July 15. No representatives from the European Parliament have visited Turkey until today. Turkey is still a candidate country for European Union and its parliamentery building and Presidential complex in Ankara were bombed by coup plotters. 240 people were martyred, thousands of people were wounded.

A social media user, Marion Dekker, writes a tweet asking the Red Cross if they could guarantee that her blood will not be donated to a Muslim. A Belgian woman's islamophobic tweet, in which she said that she wants to donate blood but doesn't it to be donated to a Muslim, has provoked widespread anger on social media.
The social media user, Marion Dekker, wrote a tweet by mentioning the Red Cross of Anvers city of Belgium, which initiated a blood donation campaign in the city.
"I...