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Ombudsman Orders Probe into Conditions at Kalocsa Orphanage

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.02.08.

The ombudsman for fundamental rights has ordered a review of the conditions at a children’s home in Kalocsa, in southern Hungary, based on media reports and lawmaker accounts of “serious concerns” and allegations regarding the institution, the ombudsman’s office said on Monday.

Independent MP Bernadett Szél announced that she was turning to the ombudsman and the human resources ministry over reports of child abuse at the Kalocsa orphanage in August last year.

The ombudsman’s office said in a statement that it had conducted a surprise inspection of the children’s home last Thursday, interviewing children and staff.

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Ákos Kozma, the ombudsman for fundamental rights, will release a report of the investigation’s findings, including on the operations of the orphanage and the enforcement of children’s fundamental rights, once the review is concluded, they added.