Informal carer. Ombudsman welcomes regulation of the Statute and support for carers and persons being cared for

The Ombudsman welcomes the publication of Regulatory Decree no. 2022, of 10 January, which extended the scope of application of the Informal Carers Statute (ECI) to the entire national territory, establishing the terms and conditions for its recognition, as well as support measures for informal carers and persons being cared for Last November, the Ombudsman had sent a letter to…

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Covid-19 support. Ombudsman renews alert in relation to unjustified exclusions of social protection

The Ombudsman once again addressed a letter to the Secretary of State for Social Security, drawing attention to the persistence of situations of exclusion from extraordinary social support, decreed in the framework of the Covid-19 pandemic, that generate unjustified social deprotection. The insistence arises after the content of the first warning call, made in May 2021, signalling discrimination against the…

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Social Benefit for Inclusion. Ombudsman welcomes regulation but emphasizes that there are still serious situations that need to be safeguarded

The Ombudsman sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Inclusion of Disabled Persons, in which she notes as positive the approval of Administrative Rule no. 230/2021, of 29 October, nevertheless drawing attention to the persistence of serious situations of social unprotection. The aforementioned Ministerial Order made it possible to render feasible the entitlement to Social Inclusion Benefit (PSI)…

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Ombudsman participates in Training Week on Constitutional State Building / G7+ Project

The Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, participated in the Training Week on the Construction of the Constitutional State, that took place between 20 and 24 September, and gave a lecture on the role of the Ombudsman. The initiative was promoted by the University of Coimbra (UC) in partnership with the intergovernmental organization G7+ and the Juridical Institute of the UC Faculty…

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Absence due to death of family member. Ombudsman recommends alterations to the counting criteria in the Autonomous Region of Madeira

The Ombudsman recommended to the Regional Secretary of Finances of the Regional Government of Madeira an alteration to the understanding adopted thus far by the Autonomous Regional Administration in relation to the method of counting justified absences on consecutive days, due to death of a family member. In contrast to the arguments sustained in the specific case that motivated the…

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International Human Rights Day

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Endowed with reason and conscience, they should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”Article 1 Universal Declaration of Human Rights On 10 December, the international community celebrates International Human Rights Day, marking the moment of the adoption, by the United Nations General Assembly, of the Universal…

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FIO. XXV Network Meeting, General Assembly and Congress on the theme “Pandemic, good governance and Human Rights

The 25th magna meeting of the Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsmen (FIO) took place between 24 and 26 November in the Dominican Republic under the theme “Pandemic, good administration and Human Rights The meeting allowed representatives from 22 Ibero-American countries to analyse and exchange points of view, based on their experiences, on the impacts of the pandemic, in particular among those…

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Business and Human Rights. Deputy Ombudsman re-elected as Europe’s representative to the GANHRI Working Group

The Deputy Ombudsman, Teresa Anjinho, was re-elected to continue representing Europe in the Working Group on Business and Human Rights of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). On the proposal of the Portuguese Ombudsman, the re-election of Teresa Anjinho, by the members of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), took place on the sidelines…

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Long careers. Ombudsman Office questions the Government on the application of the early retirement regime

The Ombudsman’s Office sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Social Security in which it questions the restrictive manner in which the Civil Servants Pension Scheme (CGA) is applying the rules of access to early retirement for long contributory careers (46 years). For the purposes of access to this form of early retirement, the CGA has been demanding…

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