Belgium’s parliamentary Justice Committee approved a bill to criminalise conversion therapies for LGBTQ people and give out prison sentences and fines for people who use conversion practices.
Suggesting, inciting or advertising conversion therapy will also become punishable.
A judge could also impose a professional ban of up to five years if the crime was committed in a professional context.
The proposal includes an eight-day to a two-year prison sentence and a fine of €208 to €2,400 for people who use conversion practices.
The bill still needs to be approved by the rest of the Federal Parliament to enter into force.
Apart from being immoral and ineffective, conversion therapies can involve dangerous practices such as electric shocks, beatings or “corrective rape”, which can be harmful to the physical and mental health of the victims, on top of being stigmatising and discriminatory.
A lot of countries already banned conversion therapy, but it has to be banned around the world!!!