The civil court of Brussels acquitted the Belgian state in December in the trial of the metis children. Five women had charged Belgium with crimes against humanity. Between 1948 and 1961, numerous metis were kidnapped by colonial officials. They often forced the mothers to say goodbye to their child and the children were placed in orphanages or missions. According to the judge, it is not about crimes against humanity, and the case is also time-barred.
The five women are appealing the ruling. The case has been brought before the Brussels Court of Appeal. A calendar has yet to be established later.
The case also interests the special committee that investigates the Belgian colonial past in the House. One of the lawyers of the five metis children, Michèle Hirsch, will be heard on Monday in the Commission, which has meanwhile started work on rectifying the mistakes of the colonial period. She pleaded for reparations in court in December.
In 2018, Charles Michel as Prime Minister, on behalf of the Belgian state, apologized to the metis children of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.