Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

HRC44 - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on racism

Geneva , 15/07/2020 - 11:46, UNIQUE ID: 200715_5
Statements on behalf of the EU

Mr. President,

The EU would like to thank the Special Rapporteur for her latest report in which she analyses how the design and the use of emerging digital technologies can directly or indirectly lead to racial discrimination and recommends that States deploy a structural, intersectional approach to tackling this problem, in line with international human rights law.

In this year when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the EU would like to reiterate its full commitment to fighting racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and all other forms of intolerance, ensuring that all human beings are free and equal in dignity and rights as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims.

Madam Special Rapporteur,

As digital technologies become an ever more central part of people’s lives, they bring both opportunities and risks. The EU shares many of the concerns mentioned in the report, including on the risk of bias in the use of algorithms and data in recruitment systems based on artificial intelligence, and the use of biometric data for remote identification purposes.

The EU is of the opinion that the digital transformation should work for the benefit of all people, not just a few. People should be able to trust digital technologies. Citizens should have the opportunity to flourish, choose freely and engage in society via a secure digital environment that respects privacy, dignity, integrity and other rights in full transparency.

Ms. Achiume,

In your report you enumerate a wide range of measures that states should take. What would be the number one priority in order to ensure that the right to equality and non-discrimination is respected?

I thank you, Mr President.

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