From 1 February 2022, the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights will open field offices in Szeged, Debrecen and Győr, so complainants will be able to initiate ombudsman’s procedures in person not only in Budapest but also in three major cities outside the capital. In the near future, additional offices will be opened in Székesfehérvár, Miskolc and Pécs.
On 10 January 2022, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma received in his Office Mr. Matteo Mecacci, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The Hungarian Prison Service Headquarters has finished the renovation works in the Baja Group Home maintained by the Saint Agatha Child Protection Service, in which it participated at the initiative of the Ombudsman.
The Hungarian Prison Service Headquarters has finished the renovation works of the Rum Special Children’s Home of the Vas County Child Welfare Centre and Elementary School, in which it participated at the Ombudsman’s initiative.
The fifteen-member Civil Consultative Body (CCB) that supports the performance of the tasks of the OPCAT National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) held its second meeting this year on 17 December 2021, which had been convened by Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr Ákos Kozma in an online form, with regard to the Covid–19-pandemic.