The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights on preventing wrongful removal

Incomplete and ambiguous domestic regulations and the authorities’ practices based thereon do not properly ensure the prevention of international child abductions. It infringes upon the rights of the parents concerned and their children, concluded László Székely. In the report on his comprehensive investigation, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights calls for the revision of the relevant regulations, the education of experts, providing more information to parents moving abroad, and the wider use of mediation.

Preparation of Government Decision about Joining the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure Begins at Ombudsman’s Initiative

Currently, Hungary is not yet party to the Optional Protocol to the 30-year-old Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure. It is thus a significant development that upon Commissioner for Fundamental Rights László Székely’s appeal, the Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities has indicated: they have begun to prepare the decision necessary for Hungary’s joining the optional protocol.

Equal and More Equal? The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights’ View on the Effect of a Local Government Decree

The local government ordered a ban on changes on recently purchased, undeveloped land. However, the same ban does not apply to the adjacent plot in local government ownership. During his inquiry regarding the petition on the matter, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights established that a ban imposed in such a manner runs counter to the requirement of equal rights stipulated by the Fundamental Law of Hungary. Therefore László Székely has appealed to the local government concerned as well as to the county-level government commissioner.

Statement by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and his Deputies on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On May 17, 1990, homosexuality was deleted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the World Health Organization (WHO). This means that from this day, sexual orientation which is different from the mainstream does not qualify as a disorder.

NEW-BORN BABIES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY WITH THEIR CONVICTED MOTHERS – AMENDMENT OF THE RELEVANT RULE OF LAW AT THE INITIATIVE OF THE OMBUDSMAN

Máté Szabó welcomes the fact that the Minister of the Interior is going to initiate the amendment of a rule of law which allows the placement of babies with their mothers only until the baby reaches the age of six months. An amendment was proposed by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights to lengthen this period.

THE OMBUDSMAN TURNS TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE HOMELESS

According to the views of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Civil Rights, the new regulation (the Act on the shaping and protection of built environment, 2010) enables the use of boarder police actions on public places against homeless people - thus criminalizing the homeless people – cannot match the Hungarian constitutional and the European human rights norms.

THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL CHARTER CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2011

The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe's treaty (www.coe.int) guaranteeing basic social and economic rights which concern all individuals. The right to work and to a fair remuneration, the right to social security, the right to protection against poverty and social exclusion and the right to housing are regarded as particularly significant.

THE OMBUDSMAN'S PETITION TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT ON THE HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS

According to the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, it is contrary to the artistic freedom that the founding members of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (hereinafter referred to as "HAA") could come from only one civil society organization. According to the ombudsman, it is also contrary to the Basic Law that the Act on the Academy of Arts provides possibilities to the Academy for setting out the conditions of membership on its own. Consequently, Máté Szabó asked the Constitutional Court to annul the applicable provisions of the Act on the Academy of Arts.

HUMANITARIAN CONSIDERATIONS SHOULD HAVE PRECEDENCE IN A CRISIS SITUATION - THE OMBUDSMAN CALLS TO MANAGE THE REFUGEE CRISIS

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.

Statement of National Minorities Ombudsman on the Greek national holiday

October 28 is an important holiday not only in the life of the citizens of Greece but also, for the members of the Greek national community living in other countries of Europe, including Hungary. On this day, we remember the day of 78 years ago when the then Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas said no to the military ultimatum given to him by Mussolini, which would have equaled the occupation of Greece. It was in this way that Greece entered the World War on the Allies’ side. Although the firm and brave decision of the Greeks, then the Greek victory in the ensuing Greek-Italian war could not prevent the subsequent German occupation of the country, it still played a significant role in the victory of the Allied Powers in the Second World War and October 28 has ever since been a symbol of the Greek national consciousness, bravery and perseverance.