Ombudsman in Angola to participate in the fifth meeting of the CPLP-Human Rights Network

The Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, travelled to Luanda, Angola, to participate in the fifth Meeting of the Network of Ombudsmen, National Human Rights Commissions and other National Human Rights Institutions of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, CPLP Network – Human Rights. The meeting, which resulted in the Luanda Declaration, was promoted by the Ombudsman of Angola, Florbela Rocha Araújo, who…

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Deputy Ombudsman participates in the ENNHRI General Assembly focused on the situation in Ukraine

The Deputy Ombudsman, Teresa Anjinho, participated in the General Assembly of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI). More than 45 European representatives of National Human Rights Institutions met online to exchange information on crucial issues of the network, including the support for the Ukrainian counterpart institution and the situation of migrants in Europe. Speaking from ENNHRI’s Brussels…

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The Ombudsman has regularly received communications from the Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights following Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military invasion and aggression against Ukraine. At the same time, several organisations to which the Ombudsman is a party have commented on the conflict, including: ENNHRI – European Network of National Human Rights Institutions FIO – Federación Iberoamericana del Ombudsman AOM –…

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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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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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