Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights
National Preventive Mechanism

Civil Consultative Body

As of January 1, 2015, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights performs the tasks related to the National Preventive Mechanism (hereinafter the “NPM”), pursuant to Article 3 of the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture and other Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), promulgated by Act CXLIII of 2011.

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, in order to utilize the outstanding practical and/or high-level theoretical knowledge of various organizations registered and operating in Hungary relative to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, established a Civil Consultative Body (hereinafter the “CCB”), with a mandate for three years. The body contributes to the performance of the tasks of the NPM with their recommendations and comments.

The first CCB (2014-2017) held its inaugural meeting on 19 November 2014 and had 8 members. Its members were: Hungarian Dietetic Association, Hungarian Medical Chamber, Hungarian Psychiatric Association, Hungarian Bar Association, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Mental Disability Advocacy Center – MDAC, Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants

The second CCB (2018-2021), also consisting of 8 members started its operation on 16 May 2018. Its members were: Hungarian Dietetic Association, Hungarian Medical Chamber, Hungarian Psychiatric Association, Hungarian Bar Association, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Validity Foundation (former MDAC), Cordelia Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims

The third CCB (2021-) held its inaugural meeting on May 16, 2018 and it has fifteen members. Its members are the following: Hungarian Dietetic Association, Hungarian Medical Chamber, Hungarian Psychiatric Association, Hungarian Bar Association, Hungarian Catholic Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary, Reformed Church in Hungary, Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, Together for Fundamental Rights Foundation, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Hungarian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability, Mental Health Interest Forum, Pressley Ridge Hungary Foundation, Streetlawyer Association.

 

Directive 3/2014 (November 11) of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights on the establishment and rules of procedure of the Civil Consultative Body assisting the National Preventive Mechanism in carrying out its duties