The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Has Also Contributed to the UN Human Rights Council Social Forum
The UN Human Rights Council held its Social Forum on the 8th and 9th of October, which this year focused on the theme of combatting poverty and inequalities. To enrich this interactive dialogue and to share the experience of the Hungarian national human rights institution, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma also participated in the Forum via a video message (with regard to the restrictions due to the pandemic).
On 22 September 2020, Dr. Ákos Kozma attended the inauguration ceremony of the Kis-Balaton Visitor Centre in Keszthely-Fenékpuszta. At the opening ceremony, speeches were delivered – among others – by Deputy Prime Minister responsible for National Policy, Church Affairs and Nationalities Zsolt Semjén and Minister of Agriculture István Nagy.
On 18 September 2020, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma visited the Nagykereki – Bors II border crossing point at the Hungarian–Romanian border, where he was received by Head of the Border Police Office, Police Colonel Dr. Sándor Péter.
Visit to the Nyírbátor Site of the Guarded Asylum Reception Centre of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing and the Detention Centre of the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Police Headquarters
On 18 September 2020, Dr. Ákos Kozma paid a visit to the Northern Lowland Regional Directorate of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing in Debrecen, where the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights was received by Police Brigadier General Dr. Attila Kiss. During the visit, the Ombudsman was provided with detailed information about the organisation and operation of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing, as well as about the measures that had been adopted by the institution for the prevention of the coronavirus pandemic. At the end of the visit, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights got acquainted with the operation of the Client Service as well.
Dear Clients, We would like to inform you that due to the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Client Service of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights will be closed until 15 October 2020. Nevertheless, our colleagues will remain at your disposal for telephone and online inquiries during this period. Thank you for your understanding!
On 18 September 2020, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma visited the Záhony – Čop border crossing point at the Hungarian–Ukrainian border.
On 17 September 2020, Dr. Ákos Kozma visited the border crossing point between Hercegszántó and Bački Breg (Béreg).
Message of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights on the Occasion of the Day of the Hungarian Prison Service
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has now reached Hungary as well. It is important that in these extraordinary times, we also dedicate a thought to those professionals who work for our safety with strenuous efforts and endurance under these changed circumstances, and continue to work with the same professional commitment as always – Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma pointed out on the occasion of the Day of the Hungarian Prison Service.
We would like to inform you that due to the relocation of its premises, the Client Service of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights will be closed from 7 September to 20 September 2020. Nevertheless, our colleagues will remain at your disposal for telephone inquiries.
Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and Ombudsman for Future Generations Visit Upper Balaton National Park
Dr. Ákos Kozma, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and dr. Gyula Bándi, his Deputy, Ombudsman for Future Generations visited the Kis-Balaton on 25 August 2020. Following a professional discussion with the leaders of the Upper Balaton National Park, they paid a visit to the István Fekete Memorial House, the recently renovated István Fekete Memorial Room and the exhibitions displaying the natural treasures of the Kis-Balaton, as well as the cabin of the famous “Uncle Matula”, all located on the specially protected area of the Kis-Balaton called Diás Island.
Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Attends State and Religious Ceremonies Organised for the State Foundation Day of Hungary
At 8.00 a.m. on 20 August 2020, on the occasion of the public holiday commemorating the foundation of the Hungarian State, the national flag of Hungary was ceremonially hoisted with military honours at Kossuth Lajos Square in front of the Hungarian Parliament Building. The flag was hoisted by the National Home Defense Ceremonial Regiment to the sounds of the National Anthem. At the state ceremony, speeches were given by President of Hungary János Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Minister of Defence Tibor Benkő. After the hoisting of the flag, the officer cadets took their oath and then the Memorial of National Unity was delivered.
Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma attended the inauguration ceremony of the new building of the Veszprém County Prison in Veszprém on 13 July 2020.