With little money to spend, inmates in residential institutions are compelled to be "crea-tive" – found the Ombudsman in the course of his inquiry. Máté Szabó proposed the review of the legal background as a possible solution.
The paediatrician has not fulfilled his obligation prescribed by the Child Protection Act, states the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights in his report concluding his inquiries into the case of a child starved to death in the city of Agárd.
The content of the letters written by prisoners to the authorities cannot be checked, but such a situation occurred in Balassagyarmat Prison; furthermore, in one case a disciplinary procedure was launched because of the tone of a letter. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has turned to the Director General of the Hungarian Prison Service to prevent similar incidents in the future.
According to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, the authorization of local gov-ernments to control the living environment of persons applying for social benefits raises several concerns. Ombudsman Máté Szabó has also initiated that the Constitutional Court review the rules providing the automatic exclusion from community employment of persons who neglect compulsory school attendance or do not keep clean and tide their living environment.
Based on the complaint of MPs, Máté Szabó reviewed the disciplinary competences of the speaker of the Parliament. The Commissioner, analysing the European practices in a comparative method, decided not to challenge the pertaining provisions, however, he would follow-up the legislation and its application.
The new Civil Code that enters into force on 15 March 2014 stated that public figures can be criticised upon "legitimate public interest" only. According to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, such a regulation may result in disproportionate restriction of freedom of expression. Therefore the Commissioner turned to the Constitutional Court by submitting a petition.
Despite the complaint backed by 22 000 signatures and claiming to turn to the Constitu-tional Court, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights will not turn to the Constitu-tional Court concerning tobacco retail tenders. Nevertheless, Máté Szabó has examined various irregularities of the tender process.
The information on the possibility to get support from the state does not reach all victims of crime. There are but a few specialists, no way to hire psychologists, system management is not efficient enough. The Ombudsman has published a report on the situation of the victims of crime.
A complaint has been lodged with the Ombudsman against the environmental authority of a country town about a procedure not meeting the requirements of precaution and prevention as stipulated by the law and about having infringed the right to a healthy environment. Máté Szabó has also raised the problem of pollution that is still within the limits but intolerable for the population.
Early mother-child relationship, breastfeeding is essential for both the infant and the mother. It is their common interest to stay together as long as possible. For this reason, Ombudsman Máté Szabó turned to the Minister of Public Administration and Justice proposing the joint placement of the infant up to the age of 12 months and the detained mother in the penitentiary institution even if the child was born prior to the commencement of the mother's detention.
It may violate children's right to protection and care if their access to safe drinking wa-ter is denied - commented Ombudsman Máté Szabó in his report published as part of a series of inquiries concerning children and the right to a healthy environment. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights urged for further measures to ensure safe water supply at least for children.
According to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, it infringes the equal dignity of those concerned that the new Civil Code has left out domestic partners from the definition of both "close relative" and "relative". Therefore, Ombudsman Máté Szabó has requested the Constitutional Court to review and annul the disconcerting definition in the already adopted new Civil Code that is to enter into force as of 15 March 2014.