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Belgium

Criminal Code (1999)
(excerpts)


Art. 377 bis. Enacted by : L 2007-05-10/35, art. 33, 064; Effective Date: 09-06-2007
— In the cases stipulated in this chapter [INDESCENT ASSUALT AND RAPE], the minimum punishments stipulated in these articles shall be doubled in the case of a prison sentence, and increased by two years in case incarceration when one of the motives of the crime or offence is hatred against, contempt for or hostility to a person on the grounds of his so-called race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, fortune, age, beliefs or philosophy of life, current and future state of health, a disability or physical characteristic.

Art. 405 quater. Enacted by : L 2007-05-10/35, art. 33, 064; Effective Date: 09-06-2007
— In the cases stipulated in Article 393 to 405bis [MANSLAUGHTER AND INTENTIONAL INJURY] the minimum punishments stipulated in this articles shall be doubled in the case of correctional punishment, and increased by two years in case incarceration when one of the motives of the crime or offence is hatred against, contempt for or hostility to a person on the grounds of his so-called race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, fortune, age, religion or belief, current and future state of health, a disability or physical characteristic.

Art. 422 quater. Enacted by : L 2007-05-10/35, art. 33, 064; Effective Date: 09-06-2007
— In the cases stipulated in Articles 422bis and 422ter, [NON-ASSISTANCE TO A PERSON IN DANGER] the minimum correctional punishments stipulated in these articles can be doubled when one of the motives of the crime or offence is hatred against, contempt for or hostility to a person on the grounds of his so-called race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, fortune, age, religion or belief, current and future state of health, a disability or physical characteristic.

Art. 438 bis. Enacted by:  L 2007-05-10/35, art. 36, 064; Effective Date: 09-06-2007
— In the cases stipulated in this article,[VIOLATION OF PERSONAL LIBERTY AND PERSONAL PROPERTY] the minimum punishments stipulated in these articles can be doubled in the case of correctional punishments and increased by two years in the case of incarceration, when one of the motives of the crime or offence is hatred against, contempt for or hostility to a person on the grounds of his so-called race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, fortune, age, religion or belief, current and future state of health, a disability or physical characteristic.

Art. 453 bis. Enacted by: L 2007-05-10/35, art. 38, 064; Effective Date: 09-06-2007
— In the cases stipulated in this article,[LIBEL] the minimum correctional punishments stipulated in this article can be doubled when one of the motives of the crime or offence is hatred against, contempt for or hostility to a person on the grounds of his so-called race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, fortune, age, religion or belief, current and future state of health, a disability or physical characteristic.”

Art. 514 bis. Enacted by: L 2007-05-10/35, art. 39, 064; Effective Date: 09-06-2007
— In the cases stipulated in Articles 510 to 514 [ARSON], the minimum punishments stipulated in these articles can be doubled in the case of correctional punishments and increased by two years in the case of incarceration, when one of the motives of the crime or offence is hatred against, contempt for or hostility to a person on the grounds of his so-called race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, fortune, age, religion or belief, current and future state of health, a disability or physical characteristic.

Art. 532 bis. Enacted by: L 2007-05-10/35, art. 41, 064; Effective Date: 09-06-2007
— In the cases stipulated in Articles 528 to 532,[DESTRUCTION OF PERSONAL POSSESSIONS OR PROPERTY] the minimum punishments stipulated in these articles can be doubled in the case of correctional punishments and increased by two years in the case of incarceration, when one of the motives of the crime or offence is hatred against, contempt for or hostility to a person on the grounds of his so-called race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, fortune, age, religion or belief, current and future state of health, a disability or physical characteristic.