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 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 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.