On May 17, which is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we traditionally declare our commitment to the equality of sexual minorities in over 130 countries. In his statement, the Ombudsman underlined that one should learn from the tragic experiences of history, i.e. sexual identity and sexual orientation can never be the grounds for discrimination or stigmatization.
An investigation by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has established that the Catholic Primary School of Makó and its supervisory authority conducted disciplinary proceedings against an eight-year-old child in a way that seriously violates the law, gives cause for grave concern and completely ignores procedural guarantees. According to Ombudsman László Székely, one of the lessons to be learned from this particular case is that the prevailing legal regulation of disciplinary proceedings in schools should be supplemented, since its inherent uncertainties may easily result in such improprieties; he has requested the competent ministry to take the necessary measures as soon as possible.
A comprehensive investigation conducted by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has uncovered specific and systemic improprieties in connection with the operation of the Children’s Home of Zalaegerszeg and the treatment of the children being taken care of therein.
On April 24, 2017, a conference on the experience gained in the implementation of the Directive on Environmental Liability on the level of the EU and in Hungary was held at the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights in Budapest, Hungary.
Budapest, April 11, 2017 – In order to combat human rights violations committed by supranational conglomerates, an international convention should be worked out that would ensure the accountability of such conglomerates, pointed out the conference jointly organized by the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and the National Society of Conservationists. According to the organizers, the Hungarian Government should support the forthcoming UN Convention both at the international and EU levels.
The Hungarian-Greek relations that go back to more than one thousand years, as well as the peaceful and enriching cohabitation of the Greek settlers and ethnic Hungarians for long centuries offer numerous points of connection and historical events that are worth remembering. Hungarians got in contact with Byzantium already before the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin and the impact of Greek ecclesiastical culture deeply affected the medieval history of Hungary, which is also witnessed by some elements of our Holy Crown reflecting Greek influence. The settlement of Greek inhabitants in Hungary was of varying intensity for several centuries, from which the settlement of those Greeks who arrived here in consequence of the conquests of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the acceptance of the Greek families escaping to Hungary from the military dictatorship in the mid-20th century stand out.
In my capacity as the Deputy Commissioner for the Rights of National Minorities in Hungary, I find it highly important to commemorate the historical events that had shaped the identities of the state-creating nationalities living together in Hungary. The Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship is in the rank of such special events, on the occasion of which we celebrate the historical friendship between the two nations on March 23rd each year. The relevant decision was adopted by the Hungarian National Assembly and the Polish Sejm in March 2007.
Registered partners shall be entitled to the same tax and duty allowances that are guaranteed by the law to married couples, concluded the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights while investigating a petition submitted by a civil society organization. The Ombudsman also warned that the Ministry for National Economy (MNE) and the National Tax and Customs Administration (NTCA) levy a significant duty on real property received as a gift or inherited by a widowed registered partner as a result of incorrect interpretation of the law.
In connection with the extreme cold weather coming this week, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights László Székely has once again called attention to State and society's moral and legal obligation to lend a helping hand to people who are vulnerable and in need. In such weather no one should be left out in the cold, without help and a roof above their head. According to the Ombudsman, the winter crisis period is a test of whether and how solidarity works, i.e., whether we can pay enough attention to those who are in constant danger on the streets or at places unfit for habitation.
Ombudsman László Székely has called attention to the importance of preventing the sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation of children, of increasing their protection and providing help to the victims. According to the Commissioner, these continue to be among the most pressing tasks of child protection. In addition to deepening professional cooperation, child-friendly hearings in judicial procedures, based on the exemplary Barnahus model, should be introduced as soon as possible, and more attention should be paid to true and real sexual education of children.
On the 9th and the 10th of November 2016 the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights is hosting a seminar organised by Equinet, focusing on the fight against discrimination on grounds of race and ethnic origin.