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.

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.

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.

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.

Annual General Assembly of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions

The annual General Assembly of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) was held on 18 November 2020, and was organized online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

IV. International Conference of Eurasian Ombudsman Institutions

The Eurasian Ombudsman institutions held their annual international conference on 17 November 2020, which was organized online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Temporary Suspension of Personal Client Service

We hereby inform you that due to the current pandemic situation, the Client Service of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights will be closed for an indefinite period of time.

National Assembly Hears Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma’s Report on His Activities in 2019

At the sitting of the National Assembly held this Wednesday, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma reported on the activities of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and his Deputies in 2019. In his afterword, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights emphasized the importance of cooperation before the National Assembly: “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 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.” The parliamentary discussion of the report on the activities of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and his Deputies in 2019 was also attended by Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities Dr. Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay and Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for Future Generations Dr. Gyula Bándi.

Monitoring of School Guard Activity Continued in Pápa

On 22 October 2020, Ombudsman Dr. Ákos Kozma visited the Weöres Sándor Primary School in Pápa, where he was received by Deputy Head of Institution Mrs. Ágota Kárpáti Vései, Head of Pápa Police Department, Chief Counsel of Police, Police Lieutenant-Colonel Mr. Csaba Szappan, and School District Director of Pápa School District Centre Ms. Andrea Egyházi.

Dr. Ákos Kozma Visits Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Police Headquarters

On 20 October 2020, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights paid an official visit to the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Police Headquarters, where he was received by Chief of County Police, Chief Police Counsellor, Police Brigadier General József Farkas, Deputy Chief of County Police for Law Enforcement, Chief Police Counsellor, Police Colonel Dr. Zsolt Hudák, and Deputy Chief of County Police for Crimes, Chief Police Counsellor, Police Lieutenant-Colonel Dr. Zoltán Kánya.

Ombudsman Continues Monitoring of School Guard Activity in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County

On 20 October 2020, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights visited two schools in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, where he met with the heads of institutions and school guards. Dr. Ákos Kozma was received by Headmaster István Péter at the Kállay Rudolf Vocational School of the Mátészalka Centre of Vocational Training, and by Headmistress Mrs. Zita Zsigó Tóth at the Sipkay Barna Technology School of the Nyíregyháza Centre of Vocational Training.

Joint Statement of Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and Ombudsman for Future Generations on International Landscape Day

On the occasion of the 2020 International Landscape Day, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr Ákos Kozma and Ombudsman for Future Generations Dr Gyula Bándi call the attention of decision-makers and society as a whole to the key significance of the condition of landscapes, with special regard to their role in harmonizing the natural and built values of the human environment, as well as the cultural assets and elements of community identity. Landscapes are a part of the common heritage of the nation, so their protection and preservation for future generations are the obligation of the state and every citizen pursuant to the Fundamental Law of Hungary. This is why landscape protection criteria are to be enforced in an integrated way during decision-making, thus ensuring the long-term protection of the “man-made and natural assets of the Carpathian Basin”.