June 4 – Ombudsman talks about “Ethics and Rights” at the IV Santa Casa Conference on “Longevity and Neurodegenerative Diseases”

The Ombudsman participated in the IV Conference organized by the Santa Casa da Misericórdia on "Longevity and Neurodegenerative Diseases" and the importance of the humanization of the medical act, that took place in Lisbon on June 4. Maria Lúcia Amaral intervened in the panel that addressed "Ethics and Rights" from the perspective of people who are especially vulnerable and /…

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Ombudsman marks Children’s Day

The promotion and defense of the rights of the child are fundamental tasks of the State and of the community, being assumed not only as ethical duties, but also as obligations that have already reached the juridical level, based on national and international instruments. Therefore, celebrating the day of the child implies to affirm its singularity as a holder of…

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Protection of Minorities. Ombudsman receives Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe

The Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, received a delegation of experts from the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe for the Protection of National Minorities, within the framework of the first follow-up visit of this body to Portugal. The meeting dealt with the situation of human rights and cases of discrimination. In Portugal, the Ombudsman is also a National Human…

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Ombudsman receives the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, received this afternoon Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The meeting addressed the concerns and recommendations that the Ombudsman, as National Human Rights Institution, has recently presented in the scope of the Universal Periodic Review. As part of this process, which this year focuses on Portugal, the 193 UN member countries…

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Demos Project. Ombudsman visits the Autonomous Region of the Azores on a information campaign

A delegation of the Ombudsman travels to the Autonomous Region of the Azores (RAA) from 25-29 March on a mission to publicize his activity as an independent state body that defends people who see their fundamental rights violated or are harmed by unfair or unlawful acts of the administration or other public authorities. As part of the Demos project, the…

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Deputy Ombudsman gave a lecture on “Women’s Rights in International Law”

Deputy Ombudsman Teresa Anjinho gave a lecture on "Women’s Rights in International Law, especially CEDAW," at the Center for Human Rights, an autonomous institute of research and post-graduate teaching associated with the University of Coimbra. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979 and entered…

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Ombudsman talks about taxpayers rights at CAAD conference

The Ombudsman took part in the conference organized by the Center for Administrative and Fiscal Arbitration (CAAD) on February 26 in Lisbon to commemorate its 10th anniversary. Maria Lúcia Amaral intervened in the debate on "The Frontier between tax collection and taxpayers’ guarantees" alongside Helena Borges, director general of the Tax Authority (TA). After a peak of complaints that coincided…

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“Free and Equals”: Ombudsman marks 70 years of UDHR with CPLP countries and reflections by Maria da Glória Garcia and António Barreto

In 2018, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed on December 10, 1948, was celebrated. In addition to other initiatives, the Ombudsman organized conferences to reflect on the areas of Portugal, which is simultaneously a National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture and a National Institution for Human Rights. "Free and Equal," which refers to the…

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