Preventing discrimination caused by the use of artificial intelligence
Reply to Recommendation
| Doc. 15378
| 25 September 2021
- Committee of Ministers
- Adopted at the 1412th meeting
of the Ministers’ Deputies (22 September 2021). 2021 - Fourth part-session
- Reply to Recommendation
- : Recommendation 2183
The Committee of Ministers has examined Recommendation 2183 (2020)
“Preventing discrimination caused by the use of artificial intelligence”.
It has forwarded it to the Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity
and Inclusion (CDADI), the Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence
(CAHAI) and the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) for information
and possible comments.
2. The Committee of Ministers shares the concerns of the Parliamentary
Assembly about the potential risks of the use of artificial intelligence
for the enjoyment of the rights to equality and non-discrimination.
It reaffirms that all member States are required to respect these
fundamental rights in accordance with the European Convention on
Human Rights (ETS No. 5) and the European Social Charter (ETS No.
35). At the same time, artificial intelligence systems can provide
major opportunities for individual and societal development, and
can contribute to combating intolerance and discrimination through
their deployment to detect and mitigate human bias.
3. At its 131st Ministerial Session
in Hamburg on 21 May 2021, the Committee of Ministers took note
of the feasibility study adopted by the CAHAI on a legal framework
for the development, design and application of artificial intelligence,
based on Council of Europe standards on human rights, democracy
and the rule of law, and of the ongoing work of the CAHAI that is
due to be completed at the end of 2021. The feasibility study contains
numerous references to the impact that artificial intelligence systems
may have on equality and non-discrimination. The Committee of Ministers
decided to give priority to this work and invited its Deputies,
while examining the full range of possible options, to focus particularly
on a possible legal framework which can be composed of a binding
legal instrument of a transversal character, including notably general
common principles, as well as additional binding or non-binding
instruments to address challenges relating to the application of
artificial intelligence in specific sectors. Negotiations on the
transversal instrument should be started by the next Ministerial
Session in May 2022.
4. The Committee of Ministers will bear in mind the Assembly’s
recommendation to take into account the particularly serious potential
impact of the use of artificial intelligence on the enjoyment of
the rights to equality and non-discrimination in future work in