Recent developments at the Council of Europe’s Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence could prove to be a landmark moment for human rights in the digital age. We take a look at what this means exactly and at what both the Council of Europe and the European Union are doing to further protections in this field.
This year we mark Human Rights Day while the whole world is tackling an unprecedented challenge: the COVID-19 pandemic. Far from being outdated, the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed in 1948 are more relevant than ever: the universality and indivisibility of human rights is critical in addressing this crisis and in shaping the post-COVID-19 world. “Today it is more important than ever to recall that human rights are universal and indivisible, and that our efforts to defend them can never stop”, said the High Representative Josep Borrell in a declaration on behalf of the European Union.