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‘Stop altering intersex children’s bodies’ says General Rapporteur

26/10/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Despite growing awareness of their situation, in 2020 intersex people continue to suffer in their daily lives and see their dreams frustrated as a consequence of unnecessary medical and surgical interventions, often practised on intersex infants and children without their consent,” said Fourat...

How parliaments can support public service media: new online video toolkit

26/10/2020 | Parliamentary Support

An “online video toolkit” and training resource on the current challenges and ways forward for public service media – based on a recent webinar for parliamentary staff from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Serbia – is to be made available to parliamentary staff across Europe...

New regional webinar on implementing the European Convention on Human Rights

26/10/2020 | Parliamentary Support

Parliamentarians from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Serbia are to take part in the latest regional webinar on the role of national parliaments in implementing the European Convention on Human Rights and ensuring the execution of judgments by the Strasbourg Court. The...

‘Enlarged’ Standing Committee: debates on the impact of COVID-19 and the challenges of artificial intelligence

23/10/2020 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) met successively on 12 and 13 October, then on 22 and 23 October, by video-conference. This “enlarged” meeting replaced the October part-session of PACE and allowed all PACE members to take the floor...

PACE strongly condemns new crackdowns on political opposition and civil dissent in Turkey

23/10/2020 | Standing Committee

PACE’s Standing Committee has strongly condemned new crackdowns on political opposition and civil dissent in recent months in Turkey and urged the Turkish authorities to “take meaningful steps” to improve standards in the field of democracy, rule of law and human rights. Approving a resolution...

Ensuring effective protection of the profession of lawyer: call for a legally-binding instrument

23/10/2020 | Standing Committee

PACE’s Standing Committee today expressed its concern at the numerous cases of violations of lawyers’ rights, including attacks on their safety and independence, in recent years. Lawyers continue to be targeted for their involvement in human rights-related cases, or for their work denouncing...

PACE will not observe the presidential election in the Republic of Moldova

22/10/2020 | Election observation

Due to the travel restrictions enacted by a number of member States regarding travel to the Republic of Moldova, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided not to maintain its scheduled election observation mission for the presidential election to be held in the...

Justice by algorithm? PACE urges smart regulation of AI in criminal justice to avoid unfairness

22/10/2020 | Standing Committee

PACE is calling for national legal frameworks to regulate the use of Artificial Intelligence in police and criminal justice work, based on core principles of transparency, fairness, safety, privacy, and the clear attribution of human responsibility for all decisions in this area. While the use of...

Establishing a ‘legally binding instrument’ for democratic governance of AI

22/10/2020 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee, meeting by videoconference, stressed the need for a global regulatory framework for AI, based on the protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and proposed that the Committee of Ministers support the elaboration of a “legally binding instrument” governing...

Artificial intelligence: act now to prevent discrimination

22/10/2020 | Standing Committee

Many uses of artificial intelligence (AI) can have a direct impact on equality of access to fundamental rights, including the right to private life and access to justice, employment, health and public services. Considering that such uses of AI may cause or exacerbate discrimination in these...

Miltiadis Varvitsiotis holds second exchange of views with parliamentarians

22/10/2020 | Standing Committee

After a first participation that took place on 12 October, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, held today a second exchange of views with the parliamentarians in the framework of the meeting...

Anticipating the effects of AI on the world of work through rights-compliant national strategies

22/10/2020 | Standing Committee

According to the Standing Committee, meeting by videoconference, member States should anticipate the effects of AI on human work and devise national strategies to accompany this transition towards more man-machine types of work, where AI is used as an enabler for working in more flexible ways...