Following a recommendation by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and as a result of cooperation between the three competent ministries, a regulatory deficiency, related to the public workers' fundamental rights, has been eliminated with exemplary speed. The Ombudsman is confident that similarly quick results may be reached in other cases, related to the protection of other vulnerable groups, as well.
According to Commissioner for Fundamental Rights László Székely, this unprecedentedly grave situation, created by mass migration, requires an adequate, responsible solution that is in harmony with human rights standards. The Ombudsman is investigating the concrete developments in the matter and has personally conducted an on-the-spot inspection examining the circumstances. The Commissioner as the UN National Human Rights Institution and his Deputies are continuously monitoring the measures aimed at handling this humanitarian crisis situation.
The pharmacies' on-call and stand-by obligations, as well as the aspects to be taken into consideration by the competent regulatory organ should be clearly regulated by a statute instead of a ministerial decree, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has pointed out in his report. Ombudsman László Székely has requested the competent ministry to carry out a full revision of the compensation of on-call and stand-by services.
In accordance with the initiative of Ombudsman László Székely, the problematic provisions of the relevant government decree have been repealed and new, unambiguous regulations have been adopted in connection with issuing pre-degree certificates. In the course of an earlier inquiry, launched upon a complaint submitted to his Office, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights established that the relevant government decree had overstepped its statutory authorization and, as a result, some universities set a minimum grade point average for issuing pre-degree certificates instead of issuing them upon the passing of all necessary exams.
The fact that the Burials Act's relevant provision gives a shorter list of those entitled to pay their respects at the urn containing the ashes of the deceased than that of the Civil Code infringes the requirement of legal certainty and the right of certain relatives to pay their mournful tributes. That is the reason why Ombudsman László Székely has requested the Minister of Interior to initiate the soonest possible amendment of the Act, so that–on the basis of the statement of the person compelled to arrange for the burial–not only the closest relatives, but all relatives in general could pay their respects at the urn.
Inquiring into a complaint submitted by a parent, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights established that the Primary School of Bodajk and its maintainer, the School District of Mór, had systematically ignored some basic procedural rules providing guarantees. In his report, László Székely put forward some proposals going beyond the given case, since the issues related to the lawful and professional handling of parental petitions seemed to be systemic.
The Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner have determined that the Miskolc authorities have developed a practice of intimidating, raid-like joint official control activities without explicit legal authorization which infringe the right to fair procedures, the right to privacy, the right to legal remedy and the principle of equal treatment. In their report, they have requested the repeal of local government decrees which contravene national law, and have assembled a list of recommendations addressed to the Miskolc Local Government and the competent ministries in order to resolve the issue of the segregated living areas of Miskolc and that of the practice of evictions and the rising trend of homelessness, urging authorities to find a long-term solution.
25 years ago, on 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) deleted homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. Since then, this day is considered as the World Day Against Homophobia, which also points out that the ban on discrimination against sexual minorities is untouchable fundamental right and it is connected to human dignity.
The amount of state assistance for making the homes of disabled persons accessible has been unchanged for twelve years now. By virtue of a government decree, a disabled person may receive such assistance only once. The disbursing credit institution may charge a fee for appraising eligibility while receiving repayment for its costs from the state. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has turned to the Minister for National Economy because, in his opinion, the current situation constitutes an infringement on the right to human dignity, the requirement of equal treatment, and does not comply with the state's obligation, also stipulated in an international treaty, to provide special protection to persons living with disabilities.
On the occasion of Earth Day, celebrated in Hungary for 25 years, Ombudsman for future generations Marcel Szabó has expressed his appreciation and gratitude to all those who introduced this high-impact awareness-raising and community-building movement in Hungary and contributed to the success of the related events. April 22, 1990, the first ever commemoration of Earth Day in Hungary, was also an important milestone in the development of the Hungarian green movement.
The absolutorium is but a certificate attesting to the completion of the study program of a higher education institution, it is not the equivalent of a higher education degree. In order to get their degree, students having already received their absolutorium have to pass the necessary final examinations. A former student of the Corvinus University of Budapest submitted a complaint voicing displeasure at the University's Study and Examination Code setting the minimum grade point average necessary for getting an absolutorium at 3.00.