“In times of distress, epidemics and other sorts of crises, children’s rights and the mentality we adopt with respect to child-related matters become even more crucial”, Dr. Ákos Kozma underlines on World Children’s Day. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights draws attention to the fact that children’s rights are not claims but constitutional norms that are prompted by the legitimate considerations and fundamental needs of the children.
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At the sitting of the National Assembly held this Wednesday, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma reported on the activities of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and his Deputies in 2019. In his afterword, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights emphasized the importance of cooperation before the National Assembly: “Honourable Parliament, let us work together as partners. Let us join forces in order to preserve the dignity of the ombudsman institution on the level it is meant to occupy within the architecture of the rule of law. This cooperation rests on two pillars: on the one hand, the Ombudsman’s recommendations should be heeded, and on the other, no one should expect the Ombudsman to resolve daily political debates.” The parliamentary discussion of the report on the activities of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and his Deputies in 2019 was also attended by Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities Dr. Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay and Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for Future Generations Dr. Gyula Bándi.
On 22 October 2020, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma visited the Weöres Sándor Primary School in Pápa, where he was received by Deputy Head of Institution Mrs. Ágota Kárpáti Vései, Head of Pápa Police Department, Chief Counsel of Police, Police Lieutenant-Colonel Mr. Csaba Szappan, and School District Director of Pápa School District Centre Ms. Andrea Egyházi.
On 20 October 2020, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights paid an official visit to the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Police Headquarters, where he was received by Chief of County Police, Chief Police Counsellor, Police Brigadier General József Farkas, Deputy Chief of County Police for Law Enforcement, Chief Police Counsellor, Police Colonel Dr. Zsolt Hudák, and Deputy Chief of County Police for Crimes, Chief Police Counsellor, Police Lieutenant-Colonel Dr. Zoltán Kánya.
On 20 October 2020, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights visited two schools in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, where he met with the heads of institutions and school guards. Dr. Ákos Kozma was received by Headmaster István Péter at the Kállay Rudolf Vocational School of the Mátészalka Centre of Vocational Training, and by Headmistress Mrs. Zita Zsigó Tóth at the Sipkay Barna Technology School of the Nyíregyháza Centre of Vocational Training.
Joint Statement of Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and Ombudsman for Future Generations on International Landscape Day
On the occasion of the 2020 International Landscape Day, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr Ákos Kozma and Ombudsman for Future Generations Dr Gyula Bándi call the attention of decision-makers and society as a whole to the key significance of the condition of landscapes, with special regard to their role in harmonizing the natural and built values of the human environment, as well as the cultural assets and elements of community identity. Landscapes are a part of the common heritage of the nation, so their protection and preservation for future generations are the obligation of the state and every citizen pursuant to the Fundamental Law of Hungary. This is why landscape protection criteria are to be enforced in an integrated way during decision-making, thus ensuring the long-term protection of the “man-made and natural assets of the Carpathian Basin”.
On 19 October 2020, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights paid an official visit to the Somogy County Police Headquarters. Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma was received by Chief of County Police Colonel Gábor Molnár who informed Dr. Kozma about the operation of the Somogy County Police Headquarters and the health measures taken in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
On 19 October 2020, Dr. Ákos Kozma visited two schools in Somogy County, where he continued to monitor the activity of school guards.
On 16 October 2020, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights paid an official visit to Stromfeld Aurél Technology School of the Nógrád County Vocational Training Centre in Salgótarján, where he was received by Headmaster János Bozó.
On 16 October 2020, Dr. Ákos Kozma paid an official visit to the Nógrád County Police Headquarters. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights was received by Brigadier General, Chief Police Counsellor dr. Gabriella Somssich, Head of the Nógrád County Police Headquarters.
Dr. Ákos Kozma Gives Talk at European Association for Education Law and Policy International Conference
The European Association for Education Law and Policy held its 133rd international conference on education on 16 October 2020. The main topics of the conference included school conflict management and how the individual countries managed to tackle the challenges posed by digital education introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.