Since the beginning of my mandate as Minority Ombudsman, I have paid special attention to the local and national electoral procedures affecting the thirteen nationality communities in Hungary. As in previous years, I have focused particular attention to the 2022 parliamentary elections, including the first stage of the list-setting process, which closed on 31 January.
General Comment 1/2022 of the Minority Ombudsman reviews the complaints relating to the application for war care benefits: war invalid allowance, war widows’ benefit and former war invalid dependants’ benefit.
The Roma Youth Conference, organized in cooperation by the European Youth Centre Budapest, Phiren Amenca and the National Youth Council, took place on 8 November, with the aim of strengthening the social participation and the participation in public life of Roma young people.
The Minority Ombudsman also participated in the international conference organised on the occasion of the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, where she gave a presentation on the current trends in the protection of the rights of nationalities living in Hungary and the possibilities for further action.
Since 2004, the ombudsmen of the Visegrad countries have met annually to share their experiences, current achievements and challenges in their work, and to present their recent practice. The theme of this year's summit was "The role of ombudsmen in protecting the rights of the most vulnerable groups in society during the Covid-19 pandemic".
On October 12 and 13, 2021, the UN Human Rights Council and the Tom Lantos Institute hosted the European Regional Forum on Human Rights of Minorities and Conflict Prevention online, in which the Minority Ombudsman participated as a key professional participant.