Communication from the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of Hungary and his Deputies

Budapest, 26 March 2020 – Dr. Ákos Kozma, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of Hungary; Dr. Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay, Deputy Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of Nationalities Living in Hungary and Dr. Gyula Bándi, Deputy Commissioner for the Protection of the Future Generations in Hungary issued a joint statement on the issues related to the vulnerable groups of society due to the circumstances brought about by the global pandemic.

Temporary Suspension of Personal Client Service

We would like to inform you that due to the COVID-19 situation, as of 12 March 2020, the personal reception of clients shall be temporarily suspended at the Client Service of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights. However, our Client Service staff will continue to provide information on the phone. Thank you for your understanding!

Bilateral Meeting on Best Practices in Police Complaint Handling with Head of PIRC in Edinburgh

On 23 February 2020, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma led bilateral discussions with Scotland’s Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) Ms Michelle Macleod in Edinburgh.

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Met Scotland’s Ombudsman

Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma conducted bilateral discussions with Scotland’s Ombudsman Ms Rosemary Agnew in Edinburgh on 24 February 2020.

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Gave a Talk at an International Conference for Ombudspersons

Ombudsmen in a Changing World: Resilience amidst Challenges was the title of the international conference organized in Bangkok to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Thai ombudsman institution. Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma, one of the main speakers of the international conference, attended the meeting upon the invitation of Mr. Viddhavat Rajatanun, Chief Ombudsman of Thailand and Board Member of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI).

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Participated in the Annual Evaluation Executive Meeting of the Hungarian Police

The Hungarian National Police Headquarters organised an executive meeting, evaluating the activities of the Police carried out in 2019, which took place in the auditorium of the Administrative Centre of the Police on 29 January 2020.

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Paid an Introductory Visit to the Romanian Ombudsperson

On 3 February 2020, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma travelled to Oradea, where he met Romanian Ombudsperson Renate Weber, her Deputy Zsolt Molnár and the colleagues of the Romanian ombudsman institute.

High-Level Consultation of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions

The European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) held its high-level consultation on 5-6 February 2020 in Brussels.

Bilateral Discussions with Thailand’s Chief Ombudsman

Dr. Ákos Kozma had a bilateral discussion with Chief Ombudsman of Thailand and member of the Board of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) Viddhavat Rajatanun in Bangkok on 13 February 2020.

Ombudsman for Future Generations Takes Part in a Meeting on Sustainable Export Financing

The Ombudsman for Future Generations and the Association of Hungarian Nature Defenders held a working group meeting on export financing and environmental sustainability by involving a broad range of policy-makers and experts on February 4, 2020.

Ombudsman represented by His Colleagues at the reporting of Hungary at the 83rd session of the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland

The 83rd session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is held by the United Nations Organization between 20 January 2020 and 7 February 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. As part of this, the reporting of Hungary to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child took place on 22-23 January. The experts of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights also took part in this dialog as observers.

Independent Police Complaints Board to terminate its operation on 27 February, responsibilities taken over by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights

Pursuant to Section 145 of Act CIX of 2019 adopted by the National Assembly, the Independent Police Complaints Board terminates its operation on 27 February 2020, and its responsibilities will be taken over by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights. The reports to be prepared as a result of the Ombudsman’s inquiries into police complaints will be followed by an administrative procedure conducted by the police. After this act takes effect, the complainants may submit their petitions requesting the launching of inquiries to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights.