The Minority Ombudsman gave a presentation at the FUEN - Federal Union of European Nationalities conference on "Minority Protection and the Rights of Ethnic Groups in Central and Central-Eastern Europe".
On 8 April, the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Pécs organised an international conference entitled "The Pandemic and the Law",
which explored the legal effects of the pandemic in different areas of law, with the help of international legal perspectives.
The primary goal of the General Comment is to present how the coronavirus state of emergency declared by the Government of Hungary has affected the operation of nationality self-governments and public educational institutions performing nationality education tasks.
The general comment draws attention to the fact that acts of hate and hate speech, which are commonplace, pose extreme threats to social peace, even if they do not reach the level of crime, and that it is in our common social interest to prevent and combat them.
General Comment No. 5/2020. investigated actual statements insulting the German nationality community, underlined the need to take action against hate speech and examined the possibilities for taking action against harmful content on video-sharing platforms.
On April 8, we celebrate the values of Roma culture worldwide. However, this year – just as last year, at the time of the outbreak of the pandemic –, in addition to emphasizing the key importance of Roma culture, it is worth taking this opportunity to highlight the need for social solidarity. In particular, all of us should face the fact that in these difficult times it is particularly important to pay attention to each other and to provide effective practical support to vulnerable social groups, including Roma communities.
The general comment primarily focuses on the issues related to teaching the history of the Roma nationality, which is a special one in several aspects.The primary purpose of issuing this general comment is to present to the Hungarian professional public Recommendation CM/Rec(2020)2 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which provides guidance and concrete solutions for integrating Roma history and culture into school curricula and materials.
Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay, Deputy Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of Nationalities in Hungary, issued on 14 April 2020 her General Comment No. 2/2020. on the issues related to nationality law concerning the preparation and implementation of the 2021 census.
In addition to the Hungarian and universal values of Roma culture and the opportunities opened for the future generations, Minority Ombudsman Professor Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay pointed out on the occasion of the International Roma Day that during the coronavirus pandemic, deprived Roma families, living in difficult conditions in some regions of Hungary, face extreme challenges and need help regardless of the current emergency situation.