On April 27-28, Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities Dr. Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay paid a two-day working visit to Novi Sad, Serbia, where she had been invited by Ombudsman Zoran Pavlović and Deputy Ombudsman for National Minorities Eva Vukašinović. At the Office of the Vojvodina Ombudsman, the ombudsmen or deputy ombudsmen of Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina met in order to coordinate the planning and establishment of a forum promoting the cooperation of the ombudsmen of the Central-Eastern European region. As part of this, as the first topic to be discussed, they shared their experiences on the current situation of the welfare systems, as well as the challenges posed by poverty and aging. The Deputy Ombudsman was accompanied to this meeting by Senior Legal Advisor Ms. Tímea Csikós.
Managed to save at work - The Ombudsman's Office in the national competiton of public buildings to reduce energy consumption
Under the patronage of Gyula Bándi, Ombudsman for Future Generations, the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has finished third in two categories in the domestic competition of the international project “Save@Work”, aimed at reducing energy consumption. In nine countries, 180 public buildings and some 17 thousand employees joined the project.
On the 22nd of March the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights hosted Equinet’s kick off project meeting on combating violence against women which was followed by the Working Group meeting on Gender Equality on 23rd of March.
Equinet, the network of European equality bodies, has initiated the formulation of standards applicable at both European and, subsequently, national level. Through their overall activities and as a key element thereof, the 46 member organizations, operating in 34 countries, fight against various forms of discrimination using often diverse mandates, powers and tools. Hungary is represented in Equinet by the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and the Equal Treatment Authority.
In some Member States, doctors still view homosexuality as a disease and transsexuality as a mental disorder, according to findings from a new report by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Such negative views of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in society, among professional groups and policy makers hampers efforts to counter discrimination and hate crime.
On 2 June 2015, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will publish the findings of its research into the criminal labour exploitation of workers moving within or migrating to the EU. The report is the first to comprehensively explore all criminal forms of labour exploitation in the EU of workers moving within or into the EU, and shows that despite legislation banning the practice, labour exploitation is widespread in the EU.
Ombudsman for national minorities was awarded the title of "Profesor Honoris Causa" in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca)
The Babes-Bolyai University of Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) awarded Ms Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay, the Deputy-Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities living in Hungary and professor of the Faculty of International and European Studies of the National University of Public Service (Budapest) with the prestigious title of ‘Profesor Honoris Causa'. The awarding ceremony was held in the Aula Magna Hall of the Babes-Bolyai University on 27 February 2015. The title of "Profesor Honoris Causa" was recommended by the Babes-Bolyai University's Faculty of Law.
The Danish Institute for Human Rights established a blog for developing indicators to measure implementation of the rights of persons living with disabilities. Please find the contribution of the Hungarian NHRI, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights to this initiation on the following link: https://nhrisanddisabilityrights.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/the-role-of-the-ombudsman-in-the-implementation-of-cprd-in-hungary/
On 29 December 2014, based on the results of the activities of the Office of Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, the Bureau of the International Coordination Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC NHRI) granted "A" status accreditation to the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights. More details can be read here.
Carrying on with the practices of his predecessors, Dr László Székely, Commissioner for Fundamental Right paid a working visit to Békés County. After meeting personally with complainants in Békéscsaba and Gyula, he held a press conference on his experiences and findings. The Commissioner was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Dr Elisabeth Sándor Szalay, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities, and Deputy Commissioner Dr Marcel Szabó, Ombudsman for Future Generations.