Almost three decades have passed since, pressured by the East German demonstrators demanding freedom and democracy, and also as a result of the changes in the international political climate, the wall which separated the two parts of Berlin for 28 years was torn down. This made it clear, symbolically too, that it was not only the artificially divided Germany but also, Europe, which was divided on the basis of political ideologies and the interests of great powers, was ripe for change. The speeded-up historical events brought about such changes in a few months which were inconceivable before, or were only hoped for in the distant future. On August 31, 1990, the Treaty on the Reunification of Germany was signed, and Germany once again became one single country on October 3.
At the initiative of the Council of Europe, since 2001, on September 26 each year we celebrate the European Day of Languages. As the deputy commissioner for the rights of national minorities in Hungary, I find this day as one of special importance, as it focuses on the linguistic diversity of our continent.
It is contradictory and not clearly defined which screening and laboratory tests are obligatory as part of prenatal care, the failure to do which may even involve serious legal consequences. This was concluded by Ombudsman László Székely from his ex officio inquiry, so he requested that the regulation be made unambiguous, and that the current, worrisome practices be terminated.
August 24, the Independence Day of the Ukraine is an important holiday not only for those living in the mother country but also, for our Ukrainian compatriots living in Hungary: it was on this day in 1991 that our neighbors declared independence, which was supported by the overwhelming majority of the citizens who were entitled to vote at the referendum.
On the night of August 2, 1944, the members of the National Socialist police state organization murdered approximately three thousand Roma children, women and men at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. Pursuant to the 1972 decision of the Paris Congress of the World Roma Organization, it is on August 2 that we commemorate the European and Hungarian Roma victims who were persecuted and murdered for their ethnic origin in the Second World War.
On July 31, 2018, the President of the Federal Union of European Nationalities, i.e. FUEN) Mr. Lóránt Vincze announced that the European citizens’ initiative launched by the organization and entitled Minority SafePack Initiative (officially called Minority SafePack – One Million Signatures for Diversity in Europe) had officially become successful.
The legal and institutional frameworks of protection against discrimination have been well established for decades in Europe and Hungary. According to the case-law of the Constitutional Court, sexual identity, sexual orientation is an integral part of a colorful human personality, an immutable characteristic of the core of that personality, based on which no one shall be discriminated against.
Having ex officio extended his investigation launched on the basis of a complaint, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has established that the current system of criteria and regulatory environment of supervised contacts in family and childcare centers, as well as the cooperation and the proceedings of the competent organs, give cause for serious concern. In order to eliminate this anomaly affecting the rights of the children concerned and their relatives, Ombudsman László Székely has sent a detailed list of recommendations to the competent ministry and the heads of the government offices.
The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, László Székely and the Ombudsman for Future Generations, Gyula Bándi in their joint investigation have found several fundamental rights violations in connection with the dismantling of the asbestos cement factory in Lőrinc.
There is a regulation requiring the blind and the visually impaired to make a legal statement for real estate registration purposes in the form of a public document; therefore, they have, inter alia, to make a contract for the purchase of the immovable property also in the form of a public document. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has concluded that it violates their right of self-determination and freedom of action, and, as a result, infringes on the right to equal human dignity for all. László Székely has made recommendations to the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Agriculture to amend the regulation.
"There are two golden bands on my forehead. One is my Gypsy identity and the other one is my Hungarian identity." The quote comes from Tamás Péli, a painter whose thoughts are a faithful reflection on the dual identity of the Roma / Gypsy communities in Hungary.