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Human Rights Comment

Safeguarding human rights in the era of artificial intelligence

03/07/2018 Strasbourg

The use of artificial intelligence in our everyday lives is on the increase, and it now covers many fields of activity. Something as seemingly banal as avoiding a traffic jam through the use of a smart navigation system, or receiving targeted offers from a trusted retailer is the result of big...

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Human Rights Comment

Europe’s duty to internally displaced persons

29/05/2018 Strasbourg

People are forced to leave their homes for different reasons, ranging from war and violence to natural disasters and climate change. However, this does not always entail the crossing of an internationally recognised border. Even if they do not leave their country, people who flee their homes are...

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Human rights Comment

The right of older persons to dignity and autonomy in care

18/01/2018 Strasbourg

Older persons have exactly the same rights as everyone else, but when it comes to the implementation of these rights, they face a number of specific challenges. For example, they often face age discrimination, particular forms of social exclusion, economic marginalisation due to inadequate...

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Human Rights Comment

Reconciliation Stalled in the Western Balkans

21/11/2017 Strasbourg

In March 2012 I travelled to Sarajevo with my predecessor for the launch of an Issue Paper on post-war justice and durable peace in the former Yugoslavia, followed by vivid discussions with political leaders and civil society representatives in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade and Ljubljana. This...

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Human Rights Comment

Ending restrictions on family reunification: good for refugees, good for host societies

26/10/2017 Strasbourg

Many refugees have to leave family members behind when they flee their homes. This adds more hardship to the trauma of exile. Once they have found safety in Europe, being reunited with their family members is often the first priority of refugees. It takes little imagination to realise how...

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