Universal Periodic Review (2024). Ombudsman submits report on the human rights situation in Portugal

In the exercise of its mandate as the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), in April the Ombudsman submitted the alternative report with a view to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to which the Portuguese state will be subject at the end of 2024. Recognised as an accredited NHRI with A status, in full compliance with the Paris Principles, the Ombudsman…

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Ombudsman’s Office welcomes changes to procedures for granting special noise licences

Special noise licences are administrative permits – to be issued by local authorities (municipality or parish, depending on the case) – that allow temporary noisy activities to take place, under certain conditions, near sensitive locations (such as residential buildings, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and on working days between 8pm and 8am, or near hospitals or similar establishments). As…

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IOM – UN Migration. Ombudsman participates in the final event of the project “Integrating Human Rights in Administrative Detention Centres”

The Ombudsperson, Maria Lúcia Amaral, took part as a speaker in the opening session of the final event of the project “Integrating Human Rights in Administrative Detention Centres”, organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which took place in the Congress Area of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on 30 November. The event marked the end of the…

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Ombudsman requests constitutional review of rules limiting TVDE activity in the Autonomous Region of Madeira

The Ombudsman has submitted a request to the Constitutional Court for a declaration of unconstitutionality, with general binding force, of rules in force in the Autonomous Region of Madeira that limit the activity of individual passenger transport in uncharacterised vehicles, known by the acronym TVDE. At present, TVDE activity in the Autonomous Region of Madeira is subject to a numerus…

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Ombudsman at Council of State meeting

The Ombudsperson, Maria Lúcia Amaral, took part in the meeting of the Council of State held on 9 November 2023 at the Palácio de Belém in Lisbon. The Council of State was convened under Article 145 a) and e) of the Constitution – under which this consultative body is responsible for “pronouncing on the dissolution of the Assembly of the…

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Ombudsman takes part in the 14th International Conference of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.    

The Ombudsman, as a National Human Rights Institution and as a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), took part in the 14th International Conference of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 6 to 8 November 2023. The aim of GANHRI’s international conferences is to develop and promote co-operation between national human rights…

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