Opening of the Human Rights Poster Exhibition

After the presentation of the Justitia Regnorum Fundamentum Awards (The Ombudsman Award) on 15th June, 2012, an exhibition of human rights posters, organised jointly with the UN Association of Hungary, was opened in the building of the Ombudsman's office in Nádor Street. Numerous international organisations contributed to the success of the exhibition, among others the European Ombudsman, EOI, the Council of Europe, FENTSA, UNHCR and UNICEF.
2013. March. 07.

| 02.07.2012 | The Ombudsman has presented the Justitia Regnorum Fundamentum Awards

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights presented the Justitia Regnorum Fundamentum Awards on 15 June 2012, in Budapest. This year the following persons were recognised for their activities: university professor Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky, environment protection lawyer György Kalas, and Judit Berki, expert in social policy, jointly with the After School Centre of Bátonyterenye directed by her.
2013. March. 07.

The Ombudsman resubmits petitions of the Commissioner for Data Protection to the Constitutional Court

Prof. Máté Szabó has requested the Constitutional Court to annul several provisions of rules of law because in his view they violate the right to the protection of personal data or the right to access data of public interest.
2013. March. 07.

Children's home, juvenile correctional centre or prison? The Ombudsman's inquiry in the special children's home in Fót

The special children's home in Fót reminds the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of a law enforcement institution. On the basis of the on-the-spot inquiry and those laid down in the institution's documents Máté Szabó has found that in the institution, which cares for children with psychological problems, measures restricting liberty of the person are applied even in the absence of dangerous conduct as defined in the Child Protection Act.
2013. March. 07.

THE OMBUDSMAN TURNS TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE HOMELESS

According to the views of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Civil Rights, the new regulation (the Act on the shaping and protection of built environment, 2010) enables the use of boarder police actions on public places against homeless people - thus criminalizing the homeless people – cannot match the Hungarian constitutional and the European human rights norms.
2013. March. 07.

The Ombudsman's Petition to the Constitutional Court concerning the Revocation of Royalty of Convicted People

The receipt of royalty by a convict is prohibited by a legal provision if the convict's work is related to the crime committed by him or her. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights asked the Constitutional Court to annul the provision in its present form.
2013. March. 05.

Shortcomings in the Asylum Regulation Related to Unaccompanied Minors – The Ombudsman's Report

Last year the number of foreign children entering Hungary illegally unaccompanied by parents or adults significantly increased. The ombudsman suggests clarification of the laws setting out the work of police and the immigration authority so that the children's rights of minors regardless of their citizenship can be enforced. The problem described in the ombudsman's report is also addressed by the European Union. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights participated in the meeting of the Committee on Legal Affairs at the European Parliament last week in Brussels, in which the preparation of EU directives was addressed.
2013. March. 01.

The Ombudsman's Petition to the Constitutional Court on the amended regulation of the obstacle-clearance of the public transport

The amendment of the Act on person transportation services contains only the gradual implementation of the obstacle-clearance of the public transport instead of a concrete deadline. This is incompatible with international treaties that Hungary adopted as well and it violates the requirement of free choice of place of residence. Consequently, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights asked the Constitutional Court to review the provision.
2013. February. 26.

THE OMBUDSMAN'S PETITION TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT ON THE HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS

According to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, it is contrary to the artistic freedom that the founding members of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (hereinafter referred to as "HAA") could come from only one civil society organization. According to the ombudsman, it is also contrary to the Basic Law that the Act on the Academy of Arts provides possibilities to the Academy for setting out the conditions of membership on its own. Consequently, Máté Szabó asked the Constitutional Court to annul the applicable provisions of the Act on the Academy of Arts.
2013. February. 19.

Safeguards against arbitrary practice of local governments - the Ombudsman on the redrafting of regulations on sanctioning anti-social behavior

The commissioner for fundamental rights says that the new legislation regulations empowering local governments to adopt new regulations, effective from 1 January 2013 and replacing previous provisions annulled by the Constitutional Court raise serious concerns about legal certainty. Máté Szabó urged to the establishment of a clear legislative framework and the immediate revision of local government regulations acting beyond their authorization in order to reduce their "eagerness" for fining.
2013. February. 19.

Safeguards against arbitrary practice of local governments - the Ombudsman on the redrafting of regulations on sanctioning anti-social behavior

The commissioner for fundamental rights says that the new legislation regulations empowering local governments to adopt new regulations, effective from 1 January 2013 and replacing previous provisions annulled by the Constitutional Court raise serious concerns about legal certainty. Máté Szabó urged to the establishment of a clear legislative framework and the immediate revision of local government regulations acting beyond their authorization in order to reduce their "eagerness" for fining.
2013. February. 05.

The Ombudsmans Petition to the Constitutional Court on the Hungarian Academy of Arts

According to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, it is contrary to the artistic freedom that the founding members of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (hereinafter referred to as "HAA") could come from only one civil society organization. According to the ombudsman, it is also contrary to the Basic Law that the Act on the Academy of Arts provides possibilities to the Academy for setting out the conditions of membership on its own. Consequently, Máté Szabó asked the Constitutional Court to annul the applicable provisions of the Act on the Academy of Arts.
2013. February. 04.