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GANHRI calls on a human rights-based approach at the Human Rights Council as the development and use of assistive and robotics technology gains traction

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​Press Release


12 September 2017

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The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) calls on a human rights-based approach as the development and use of assistive and robotics technology gains traction.

 

The development and use of these new technologies is subject of the annual report of the Independent Expert (IE) Ms Rosa Korfeld-Matte which she presented and discussed yesterday and the dialogue concluded today at the Human Rights Council’s 36th session.

 

In her report, the IE said that as robots will carry out more caregiving functions, the benefit to older persons will depend on responsible design and use and “may require a review of the existing normative and policy frameworks to ensure that a human rights-based approach is being adopted to assistive technology”. Older persons must be able to weigh the risks and the concrete benefits of the technology which in turn needs to be affordable and accessible to everyone and should not stigmatize older persons. According to the IE, robotics research activities should be conducted in accordance with the precautionary principle, anticipating the potential impact while engaging in discussions about the establishment of a dedicated watchdog on artificial intelligence, and ensuring that such mechanisms adequately address the situation of older persons and that they are grounded on human rights standards.

 

Commenting on the report by video statement on behalf of GANHRI, Chairperson Sung-Ho Lee from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, in his capacity as Chair of the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing, thanked the IE for choosing to bring up this "new, emerging and complex issue”.

In line with the IE recommendations GANHRI urged to use a human rights-based approach across the development, access and use of such technologies.


Chairpersonn Lee stressed that whilst "the use of assistive technology and robots has great potential to increase the ability of older persons to live independently and autonomously, and to fully exercise their human rights on an equal basis with others” it is important to “ensure that the introduction of advanced assisted devices and robotics in older persons’ care does not deepen inequalities between developed and developing countries”.

He also stressed that it is critical to ensure that it is the older persons themselves who make the informed decision, whether they want to have this new type of assistance or prefer to be cared by human beings.

As a strong promoter of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), GANHRI also joined the Independent Expert’s call in implementing Goal 17 to enhance cross regional cooperation and access to science, technology, innovation and knowledge-sharing.


The older persons represent a non-negligible portion of the world population with estimations showing a group of 900 million persons in 2016 and a predicted population of 2 billion persons by 2050. Last year, Ms Rosa Korfeld-Matte predicted that by the mid of the century and "for the first time in history there would be more older persons than children under the age of 15 living on the planet".

GANHRI and its members in all regions are engaged to defend and protect older person’s human rights worldwide. 


You can watch the video of the statement on GANHRI's Facebook page​


You can also download GANHRI statement in English, French, Spanish and Arabic below:

17.09.11 - ENG - GANHRI Statement on IE older persons to HRC 36.pdf17.09.11 - ENG - GANHRI Statement on IE older persons to HRC 36.pdf

17.09.11 - FRE - GANHRI Statement on IE older persons to HRC 36.pdf17.09.11 - FRE - GANHRI Statement on IE older persons to HRC 36.pdf

17.09.11 - SPA - GANHRI Statement on IE older persons to HRC 36.pdf17.09.11 - SPA - GANHRI Statement on IE older persons to HRC 36.pdf

17.09.11 - AR - GANHRI Statement on IE older persons to HRC 36.pdf17.09.11 - AR - GANHRI Statement on IE older persons to HRC 36.pdf


Press Release PDF: 17.09.11_PressRelease_HRC36_GANHRIStatement_WGAgeing.pdf17.09.11_PressRelease_HRC36_GANHRIStatement_WGAgeing.pdf


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