The Third General Committee addresses humanitarian and human rights-related threats to security, serving as a forum for examining the potential for co-operation within these fields.

Margareta Kiener NellenMargareta Kiener Nellen (Switzerland) was elected Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy and Human Rights at the 2018 Annual Session in Berlin.

She is a member of the Swiss National Council since 2003 for the social-democratic party and of the Financial Oversight Delegation of the Swiss Parliament since 2018. She joined the Committee on Finance in 2003 and served as its President from 2010 to 2011 and from 2016 to 2017. She was also part of the Committee on Legal Affairs from 2011 to 2015 and of the Committee on Courts from 2007 to 2011.

She is the head of the Swiss Delegation to the OSCE PA and has a legal background specialization in human rights, constitutional and criminal law.

Michael Georg LinkMichael Georg Link (Germany) was elected Vice-Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy and Human Rights at the 2018 Annual Session in Berlin.

He is a member of the German Parliament for the Free Democratic Party, serving on the European Affairs and the Budget Committee of the Bundestag. He previously served as Minister of State for Europe in the German government, where he was responsible for OSCE, EU, Council of Europe and NATO affairs.

From 2014 to 2017 he was the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Kyriakos Kyriakou HadjiyanniKyriakos Kyriakou-Hadjiyianni (Cyprus) was elected Rapporteur of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions at the 2016 Annual Session in Tbilisi and re-elected at the 2017 Annual Session in Minsk. He has been a Member of the House of Representatives of Cyprus since 2006, where he serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Educational Affairs and Culture. He is also a Member of the Committee on Refugees-Enclaved-Missing-Adversely Affected Persons.

He has previously served on his parliament’s Committee on the Environment; the Committee on Energy, Trade, Industry, and Tourism; the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs; the Committee on Internal Affairs, and the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. He was also a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union from 2003 to 2004.