Abolishing the Equal Treatment Authority and transferring its tasks to the Ombudsperson may further weaken human rights protection in Hungary

Together with the Civilizstion coalition, Ökotárs also protested against merging the Equal Treatment Authority into the office of the Ombudsperson, as this violates the enforcement of equal treatment requirements. While the authority has regularly stood for the protection of vulnerable groups in the past, the ombudsperson failed to take any action in the Gyöngyöspata segregation case, did not raise his voice against the amendment to the law that made the legal gender recognition of transgender and intersex people impossible, and also has failed to speak up against the suspension of compensations to be paid to detainees held in inhuman or degrading conditions in penitentiaries. Unfortunately, the protest was unsuccessful, the trasfer took place.