Message of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

More than being a “disability matter”, the active and independent living of persons with disabilities is a common issue for the whole society: we must create a social environment that can identify the real needs of people living with disabilities in all life situations, stressed the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights. According to Dr. Ákos Kozma, in order to effectively guarantee equal opportunities, it is not enough to prescribe it by law, but rather, it is the integrative mentality of society that can promote full-range integration. The Ombudsman calls attention to the importance of disability-focused measures and the promotion of a continuous change of attitude.
2020. December. 03.

National Assembly Adopts Report of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and His Deputies on Their Activities in 2019

The National Assembly adopted Report No. B/8769 on the activities of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and his Deputies in 2019, which had been discussed by the Parliament earlier on 4 and 30 November 2020. At that time, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma asked for cooperation in his afterword: “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 that 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.”
2020. December. 01.

Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Takes Stand in Relation to Students’ Reclassification Procedure

Budapest Business School (BGE) violated the principle of the rule of law and caused an impropriety related to the right to a fair procedure of the students concerned when upon modifying the internal regulations of the institution pertaining to reclassification based on the new educational requirements, it disregarded the transitional provisions of the National Higher Education Act (“Nftv.”) that provide guarantee, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights concluded. Dr. Ákos Kozma asked the rector of BGE to ensure that the internal documents of the institution fully regulate the reclassification of students in accordance with the legal regulations in force.
2020. November. 27.

Ombudsman Takes Stand in Relation to the Measures Taken for the Prevention of the Coronavirus Pandemic

One hour per day outdoors time was ensured for each detainee, and education and religious life also resumed despite the epidemic at the Szeged Strict and Medium Regime Prison. Furthermore, almost all of the detainees used the possibility of keeping contact on the internet, or communicated with their relatives on the phone, as was established by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Dr Ákos Kozma.
2020. November. 27.

Joint statement of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and the Ombudsman for Future Generations on the Occasion of White Monday, the First Day of the European Week for Waste Reduction

In their joint statement published on the occasion of White Monday, i.e. the first day of the European Week for Waste Reduction, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma and Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for Future Generations Dr. Gyula Bándi call attention to the importance of conscious consumption, the constitutional obligation of the careful use of our natural resources, and the key role of circular economy in achieving sustainable development.
2020. November. 23.

Exception Should Prove Dignity – Statement of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rigths on the Special Situation of Persons with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Relation to the Restrictions Introduced in Response to the Pandemic

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights calls attention to the everyday struggles of the most vulnerable members of society, i.e. persons living with intellectual disability, during the coronavirus pandemic, thus to their difficulties in observing the rule of wearing masks and keeping social distance. On this occasion, Dr Ákos Kozma also welcomes the latest government decree of 19 November, which allows divergence from the general pandemic protection rules for persons with autism.
2020. November. 20.

Message of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights on World Children’s Day

“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.
2020. November. 20.

Joint Statement of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and His Deputies on the World Day of Sanitation

Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma, Deputy Commissioner, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities Dr. Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay, and Deputy Commissioner, Ombudsman for Future Generations Dr. Gyula Bándi call attention to the multiple significance of the World Day of Sanitation, and its interconnectedness with life and human dignity, sustainability and climate change.
2020. November. 19.

Ombudsman Takes a Stand on the Operation of the Heves County “Harmónia” United Social Care Institution

At the Heves County “Harmónia” United Social Care Institution, the measures and restrictions imposed by the Chief Medical Officer for the prevention of the coronavirus pandemic were implemented, and appropriate measures were taken to reduce the possibility of infection, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights concluded in his report. However, Dr. Ákos Kozma made a recommendation for the Head of the Institution about encouraging more frequent communication between the residents and their relatives through varied channels, even in the period of the ban on visits.
2020. November. 16.

Ombudsman Takes a Stand on a Foreclosure Procedure

The bailiff acted in compliance with the statutory requirements when the foreclosure actions were taken, however, the seizure of allowances exempt from blocking after the prompt collection order had been issued caused an impropriety related to legal certainty and social security, as well as to the anti-discrimination principle, as was concluded by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights in his report.
2020. November. 16.

Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and Ombudsman for Future Generations Take a Stand on a Procedure related to a Residential Noise Complaint

The principle of the rule of law and the requirement of a fair procedure, as well as the enforcement of the right to a healthy environment may be jeopardized by a property protection procedure conducted by the municipal clerk in which there is no legal response to a problem because the procedure cannot be successful from the start without accurate data supply, as was concluded by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and the Deputy Commissioner for Future Generations in their joint report.
2020. November. 16.

Commissioner and Ombudsman for Future Generations Take Stand in Relation to Proceedings Launched Due to Noise Complaint

Such proceedings in which the authority acts without applying the available official instruments and the discovery process, and without sanctioning the omission cause an impropriety related to the rule of law, and to the right to fair authority proceedings and to a healthy environment, as was concluded by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and his Deputy Commissioner responsible for the protection of the interests of future generations.
2020. November. 13.