04/11/2021 – As of 1 November 2021, the tariff rates of mobile phone calls and calls through social media platforms made by detainees will be reduced by six forints per minute. Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma welcomes the measure the Hungarian Prison Service Headquarters (HPSH) has taken in response to the conclusions of his Report No. AJB-2236/2021.
A decision made in an administrative proceeding conducted on the issuance of a security guard license caused an impropriety – the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights exposed in his report. Dr. Ákos Kozma established that the legal ground for the decision closing the proceeding conducted in an individual case by the Mohács Police Department and the reason for terminating the proceeding were not justified, and that the Police Department had not taken into consideration the provisions of the Code of General Administrative Procedure (hereinafter: “Ákr.”), and had not provided the possibility to appeal against its terminating order. The Ombudsman initiated at the Head of the Baranya County Police Headquarters that it review the proceeding and the resulting decision as a supervisory organ, and that it take the necessary measures for issuing the license.
The lives of the elderly are affected by the protracted crisis situation, the reshuffling of the structure of communities and comprehensive technological development alike. The balance between the rights and autonomy that the elderly are entitled to, and the burdens and obligations imposed on them is still missing, the vulnerability of older persons is more and more clearly visible all over the world, along with its social, health care and public life dimensions. However, it should become increasingly clear as well that a society cannot develop in a healthy way without its elderly generation, as Ombudsman Dr Ákos Kozma reminds us on the International Day of Older Persons.
The obligation of the state deriving from Article II of the Fundamental Law of Hungary was only partially satisfied in healthcare institutions because different norms apply to workers present in the operating rooms as employees, and to patients receiving healthcare services there – Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma concluded in his report.
The missed foreclosure procedure whereby the foreclosure objection was not submitted to the court by the predefined deadline caused an impropriety in relation to the requirement of legal certainty and the right to fair administration of official matters, as well as to the right to legal remedy, as was established by Ombudsman Dr Ákos Kozma in his inquiry.
The local government of the municipality of Nagytarcsa caused an impropriety in relation to the right to petition and the right to fair administration of official matters, as well as to legal certainty while handling a public interest disclosure, Dr. Ákos Kozma established in his inquiry. The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights asked the mayor and the town clerk concerned to take action in order to prevent the future occurrence of improprieties such as the ones exposed.
In a case related to livestock rearing, the town clerk of the Common Local Government Office of Kiskunhalas caused a fundamental-rights-related impropriety relating to legal certainty and fair authority proceedings while handling a public interest disclosure that had been submitted to her – concluded the Ombudsman. Dr. Ákos Kozma asked the town clerk to take action in order to prevent the future occurrence of improprieties such as the ones exposed.
According to the position of Dr. Ákos Kozma, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, the Government has reacted in a quick and meaningful way to the findings of his report No. AJB-3479/2021 on the necessity of PCR and rapid antigen tests and the prescription of their self-financing in the case of elective medical interventions. The government decree on the order of planned dental treatments, rehabilitation care and planned invasive procedures in a state of danger is a clear manifestation of the fact that the Government pays particular attention to reviewing the fundamental rights-related aspect of legislative issues during the state of danger as well, and that it is open to conducting a meaningful discussion on the proposals put forward by the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights.
Providing selective waste containers free of charge is necessary and legitimate also for church-maintained and independent schools, concluded Dr. Ákos Kozma, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and Dr. Gyula Bándi, Ombudsman for Future Generations.
As the Deputy Commissioner for the Rights of National Minorities, I regard it as my responsibility to commemorate the life-changing events in the history of the communities of national minorities living on the territory of Hungary. Each year, it is my sad obligation to pay tribute to the half million European, and among them, several tens of thousands of Hungarian Roma victims of the Holocaust on the occasion of the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.
The currently effective law does not contain any requirements regarding the mandatory performance of PCR and antigen tests as the precondition for receiving rehabilitation care and elective interventions. The principle of the rule of law is thus violated by the inappropriate level of regulation and the uncertainties in content, as was established, among others, by Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma, related to his inquiry into an individual complaint.