25 years ago, on 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) deleted homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. Since then, this day is considered as the World Day Against Homophobia, which also points out that the ban on discrimination against sexual minorities is untouchable fundamental right and it is connected to human dignity.
The amount of state assistance for making the homes of disabled persons accessible has been unchanged for twelve years now. By virtue of a government decree, a disabled person may receive such assistance only once. The disbursing credit institution may charge a fee for appraising eligibility while receiving repayment for its costs from the state. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has turned to the Minister for National Economy because, in his opinion, the current situation constitutes an infringement on the right to human dignity, the requirement of equal treatment, and does not comply with the state's obligation, also stipulated in an international treaty, to provide special protection to persons living with disabilities.
On the occasion of Earth Day, celebrated in Hungary for 25 years, Ombudsman for future generations Marcel Szabó has expressed his appreciation and gratitude to all those who introduced this high-impact awareness-raising and community-building movement in Hungary and contributed to the success of the related events. April 22, 1990, the first ever commemoration of Earth Day in Hungary, was also an important milestone in the development of the Hungarian green movement.
The absolutorium is but a certificate attesting to the completion of the study program of a higher education institution, it is not the equivalent of a higher education degree. In order to get their degree, students having already received their absolutorium have to pass the necessary final examinations. A former student of the Corvinus University of Budapest submitted a complaint voicing displeasure at the University's Study and Examination Code setting the minimum grade point average necessary for getting an absolutorium at 3.00.
According to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, the principle of the rule of law and the fundamental right to personal liberty imply that there should be a statute stipulating the maximum duration of pre trial detention. Therefore, Ombudsman László Székely has submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court requesting the annulment of that provision of the Act on Criminal Proceedings which fails to specify the maximum duration of pre trial detention in the case of individuals suspected of having committed the most serious crimes.
Acting within his statutory competence, Ombudsman for Future Generations Marcel SZABÓ is going to initiate the amendment of Schedule № 1 to Act LXXXV of 2011 on Environmental Protection Product Charges (hereinafter the "EPPC Act") in order to have all electric and electronic equipment utilizing renewable energy exempted from such product charges.
The new system of handling public interest disclosures, introduced as of 1 January 2014, is working in accordance with the regal regulations and has met prior expectations – in order to encourage the disclosure of information of general interest and protect the whistle-blowers, the relevant act delegates the operation of the new system to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights. Through such activities, the Ombudsman and his Office contribute to the fight against corruption. The experience of recent months shows that public interest disclosures may uncover problems of different character as well.
The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has requested the Prosecutor General to launch a criminal procedure because of suspicion of mistreatment in official proceedings upon having inquired, together with his Deputy responsible for the rights of nationalities living in Hungary, into a complaint submitted by an almost 70 years old person of Roma descent. The police searched the complainant's house then arrested him. According to his complaint, he was mistreated at the Gyömrő Police Station, but neither the police station, nor the supervising police headquarters, nor the Pest Regional Investigative Prosecution Service would conduct a proper inquiry into the matter.
Today, it is commemorated in a number of countries of the world that the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the list of mental disorders just 24 years ago, on 17 May 1990, freeing this way the sexual minorities of the stigma of an illness. This International Day conveys the idea of equality of human dignity, being a priority in all democratic states. All human beings are entitled to the basic right of human dignity without distinction, independently of skin colour, age, sex, health condition, sexual orientation or just gender identity. Respect for human rights is part of the European values system, and at the same time, it is also a fundamental condition for the creation of a tolerant and inclusive society.
According to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, in its decree adopted last December upon the initiative of the districts, the General Assembly of the Capital specified an excessively wide range of public areas where residential habitation (occupying public places for living purposes) by the homeless would be illegal. Therefore, Ombudsman László Székely petitioned the Curia requesting the review of the annex of the "zone decree", drafted without due regards to the provisions of the misdemeanour act concerning authorization.
The secondary education of nationalities living in Hungary is facing numerous problems. The number of students and teachers is dwindling, material conditions are scanty. The new regulation of nationality education is neither flawless, nor unambiguous. The connection between the nationality education of the Roma and the right to equal treatment presents the biggest cause for concern. The following conclusions can be found in a joint report prepared by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and his Deputy responsible for the protection of the rights of nationalities living in Hungary.