Budapest, 26 March 2020 – Dr. Ákos Kozma, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of Hungary; Dr. Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay, Deputy Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of Nationalities Living in Hungary and Dr. Gyula Bándi, Deputy Commissioner for the Protection of the Future Generations in Hungary issued a joint statement on the issues related to the vulnerable groups of society due to the circumstances brought about by the global pandemic.
Pursuant to Section 145 of Act CIX of 2019 adopted by the National Assembly, the Independent Police Complaints Board terminates its operation on 27 February 2020, and its responsibilities will be taken over by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights. The reports to be prepared as a result of the Ombudsman’s inquiries into police complaints will be followed by an administrative procedure conducted by the police. After this act takes effect, the complainants may submit their petitions requesting the launching of inquiries to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights.
Ombudsmen in a Changing World: Resilience amidst Challenges was the title of the international conference organized in Bangkok to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Thai ombudsman institution. Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma, one of the main speakers of the international conference, attended the meeting upon the invitation of Mr. Viddhavat Rajatanun, Chief Ombudsman of Thailand and Board Member of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI).