The Minority Ombudsman attended an event organized by the Holocaust Memorial Center, the Roma Holocaust Memorial Committee and the Ministry of Interior on the occasion of the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day (August 2) and was the principal patron of the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day organized by the National Roma Self-Government.
The Minority Ombudsman also participated in the international conference organised on the occasion of the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, where she gave a presentation on the current trends in the protection of the rights of nationalities living in Hungary and the possibilities for further action.
Since 2004, the ombudsmen of the Visegrad countries have met annually to share their experiences, current achievements and challenges in their work, and to present their recent practice. The theme of this year's summit was "The role of ombudsmen in protecting the rights of the most vulnerable groups in society during the Covid-19 pandemic".
The Minority Ombudsman and her colleagues participated in the 6th Transylvanian Lawyers' Meeting, organised by the Institute of Law of the Faculty of Law of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania Cluj-Napoca and the Hungarian Lawyers' Association of Transylvania.
The International Conference on Non-Territorial Autonomy as an Instrument for Effective Participation of Minorities kicked off on 24 September with an opening address by the Minority Ombudsman. The event was hosted by Balázs Vizi, Senior Fellow of TK KI, with special guests Olivia Schubert, Vice President of the National Self-Government of Germans in Hungary and Francesco Palermo, Head of Eurac Research, former Senior Expert and Professor at COE and OSCE.
This year's second meeting of the OPCAT South East Europe National Preventive Mechanism Network took place on 29-30 September 2021, hosted by the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights. The two-day event focused on presentations and panel discussions on interviewing techniques and tools for vulnerable groups.
On 31 May and 1 June 2021, the Minority Ombudsman conducted an on-site inspection in Gyöngyöspata, where she met personally with the heads and staff of the educational institutions operating in the settlement, the president of the Roma nationality self-government, the mayor of the settlement and the director of the Hatvan School District Centre
The late president of the Érsekvadkert Roma Nationality Self-Government and the president of the Nógrád County Regional Nationality Self-Government submitted a joint complaint to the Minority Ombudsman concerning the closing down of the main entrance to the cemetery in Érsekvadkert and the prohibition of access by car
From the point of view of fundamental rights, it is a significant guarantee that the increased control should be ordered within the legal framework, bearing in mind the purpose limitation and the restriction of space and time, stated Dr. Ákos Kozma Ombudsman and Dr. Elisbeth Sándor-Szalay Minority Ombudsman during a joint investigation
The Minority Ombudsman issued her general comment on the basis of an investigation of a specific complaint, aiming to draw attention to the developmental difficulties, educational and integration problems of a Roma pupil with BMD difficulties, the serious conflicts between parents and teachers, and to highlight systemic problems
As a follow-up to the Minority Ombudsman’s General Comment 3/2018, and in view of the discontinuation of digital radio broadcasting in September 2020, she reviewed the current situation of the accessibility of public service nationality radio programmes