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National Preventive Mechanism carries out joint visits to places of detention with UK counterpart

The NPM – National Preventive Mechanism carried out joint visits to places of detention with its UK counterpart in November. The British NPM participated in the visits to the Detention Space at Lisbon Airport and to the Torres Novas prison establishment, and the Portuguese NPM team took part in the inspection of Garth prison, in Lancashire. The joint visits stem…

2022-12-02
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Disabled Citizens’ Hotline. Problems and delays in the Social Benefit for Inclusion and medical certificates were among those that generated the most calls

To mark International Day of the Person with Disability, the Ombudsman presented a brief assessment of the activity developed by the telephone line especially dedicated to supporting these fellow citizens. Throughout 2022, in the period between 1st January and 30th November, the Disabled Citizens’ Line received 502 calls, a number that exceeds the total received in the previous year. Evolution…

2022-12-03
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Ombudsman requests review of rules in the legal regime governing access to and exercise of the profession of driving examiner and recognition of training bodies

The Ombudsman submitted a request to the Constitutional Court for a declaration of unconstitutionality, with general binding force, of rules contained in Law 45/2012, of 29 August, which approves the legal regime for access to and exercise of the profession of driving examiner and the recognition of training bodies. The provisions in question are article 4(b) of the law, according…

2023-09-12
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Ombudsman received in audience by the President of the Assembly of the Republic following the delivery of the Reports for 2021

The Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, was received in audience by the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Augusto Santos Silva, on July 21, at 11:00 am, following the delivery of the Annual Activity Report and the Report of the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture regarding 2021. Learn more here.

2022-07-21
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The detention of migrant children in Portugal – concerns and recommendations

On World Children’s Day, the Ombudsman was represented at the meeting on alternatives to the administrative detention of migrant children in Portugal, organised in Lisbon by IOM – International Organisation for Migration (the United Nations Migration Agency), by the Coordinator of the National Preventive Mechanism, Miguel Feldmann, who presented a communication entitled “The National Preventive Mechanism and the detention of…

2023-06-05
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Ombudsman marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, the Ombudsman, in her triple capacity as guarantor of citizens’ fundamental rights before the public authorities, National Human Rights Institution and National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture and Ill-Treatment, welcomes and reaffirms the fundamental values enshrined therein,…

2023-12-13
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Foreign citizens. Lack of articulation between the Institute of Social Security and SEF compromises access to social benefits

The Ombudsman addressed an alert to the competent authorities after receiving various complaints from foreign citizens reporting difficulties encountered with services provided by the Institute of Social Security (ISS, IP) that are not taking into account the exceptional rules in force in relation to the regularity of their stay in national territory, thereby blocking access to various social benefits. At…

2022-07-22
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Ombudsman reiterates warning about inequality in the payment of extraordinary support

Vulnerable families who are part of the convergent social protection scheme are still not receiving the extraordinary support to mitigate the effects of inflation created by Decree-Law 21-A/2023 of 28 March, and the Ombudsman recently renewed her call to the Secretary of State for Public Administration in July for the problem to be resolved. The law establishes that, among others,…

2023-12-14
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Ombudsman received the Parliamentary Secretary of State of the Federal Ministry of Justice of Germany

The Ombudsperson, Maria Lúcia Amaral, received, on 25 October, the Parliamentary Secretary of State of the Federal Ministry of Justice of Germany, Benjamin Strasser, accompanied by the Head of Division for Coordination and Cooperation Affairs within the European Union, Lutz Roth, and the Minister Counsellor of the German Embassy, Ludwig Blaurock. During the meeting, issues related to the role of…

2022-10-25
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Deputy Ombudsman at “Health on a Day” conference

The Deputy Ombudsman, Teresa Anjinho, was present at the “Health on a Day” conference, which took place on 3 November, in Lisbon. To access the results of the population survey on the subject and the programme of this initiative of the Portuguese Medical Association click here and here, respectively.

2021-11-04

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