Ombudsman and Deputy Commissioner for National Minorities Take Stand on Police Measures Taken as Part of Intensified Control

A complainant objected to the police measures (identity check, frisking, mobile phone control) taken against him, in his view, because of his Roma nationality, and he also expressed his concerns about the intensified control that was used as the legal basis for such measures. He also complained that his personal data had been recorded despite the fact that the identity check was not followed by any further police measures or procedures.

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Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Takes Stand on the Prevention of Suicidal Behaviours in Children and Adolescents

At the moment, the recognition of potential suicidal behaviours in children and adolescents and the efficient prevention thereof are hindered, and the rights of children may be violated due to the lack of appropriate professional regulations and practices related to the tasks of school psychologists, who fulfil the role of “gatekeepers”, as was concluded by the Ombudsman. This is why Dr. Ákos Kozma proposed that a specific working group be set up for this purpose by the competent ministry.

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Ombudsman Takes Stand in Relation to a Practice on Handling Public Interest Disclosures

The Ministry of Innovation and Technology caused an impropriety related to the right to petition and the right to fair administration of official matters when it failed to provide comprehensive information on the changes in the provisions pertaining to gas appliances, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights concluded in his report. Dr. Ákos Kozma requested the Minister of Innovation and Technology to ensure that the acting organisational units of his Ministry pay particular attention to the handling of public interest disclosures.

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Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Takes Stand on Prisoners’ Contacts by Phone

The current regulation on prisoners’ contacts by phone – exclusive of the extraordinary rules introduced due to the coronavirus situation –, hence especially the bail payable for possessing a device and the reference tariff rates, may cause an infringement of the fundamental right to respect for privacy and family life, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma established during his comprehensive ex-officio inquiry.

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Joint Statement of Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and Ombudsman for Future Generations on World Environment Day

In their joint statement on World Environment Day, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr Ákos Kozma and Deputy Commissioner, Ombudsman for Future Generations Dr Gyula Bándi call our attention to our responsibility for our ecosystems and remind the state institutions, as well as all the members and groups of society to protect them.

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Joint Statement of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and the Ombudsman for Future Generations on the Occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity

Dr. Ákos Kozma, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and Dr. Gyula Bándi, Deputy Commissioner for the Interests of Future Generations urge changes supporting sustainable living in order to protect biological diversity. The Fundamental Law of Hungary obliges each and every Hungarian to protect the diversity of nature.

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Statement of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights on the Occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we commemorate the fact in numerous countries of the world that it has been over three decades now that the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. The ombudsman institution has always placed great emphasis on acting to protect equal human dignity, and to ensure that all people belonging to vulnerable groups can exercise their fundamental rights equally and free of discrimination.

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Policy Statement of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Regarding the Evaluation of the Immunity Certificate from a Fundamental Rights Perspective and His Proposals on the Review of Legal Regulation

The pandemic situation has improved as a result of the rising number of vaccinated citizens and it has also become possible to lift part of the related restrictive measures. Immunity certificates were introduced by the Government as one of the elements of this process. This card entitles those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered from the Covid-19 infection to use certain services.

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Ombudsman Takes Stand in Relation to the Operation of Kalocsa Children’s Home

In his report, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma concluded that some progress had been made at the Kalocsa Children's Home with regard to the staff headcount, the number of qualified employees and the reduction in staff turnover compared to the Ombudsman’s previous inquiry. However, serious, concrete and systemic problems were identified in respect of the physical conditions of the institution, the operation of its branch school and some other issues, therefore the Ombudsman formulated recommendations.

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Statement of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Concerning the Application of Immunity Certificates

In connection with the petitions submitted to his Office, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma summed up the constitutional requirements pertaining to the application of immunity certificates, and formulated proposals aimed at finding a solution to the practical issues having emerged.

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Joint Statement of Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and Ombudsman for Future Generations on the Day of Birds and Trees

On the occasion of the Day of Birds and Trees, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr Ákos Kozma and Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for Future Generations Dr Gyula Bándi call attention to that the well-being of birds and trees is not only one of the key elements contributing to the operation of natural systems but it is also an indispensable factor ensuring the existence and harmony of humans. Pursuant to the Fundamental Law of Hungary, it is the responsibility of all of us to preserve them.

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Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Requests Extension of Eviction Moratorium for the Period of Pandemic

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights proposes that a law should be adopted for ensuring that the eviction moratorium suspending the foreclosure of real estate properties remain in effect during the period of the pandemic.

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