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.

Ignacio Sanchez AmorIgnacio Sanchez Amor (Spain) was elected Chair of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions at the 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi in July 2016,  and was re-elected in 2017 at the 26th Annual Session in Minsk.

Sanchez Amor is a member of the Spanish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as Head of the Spanish Delegation to the OSCE PA. Since 2012, he has also been the OSCE PA’s Special Representative on OSCE Border Issues.

Sanchez Amor was previously vice president of the Association of European Border Regions. He also held a seat in the regional Assembly of Extremadura and served as Deputy President of the government of the region, which is on the Spain-Portugal border.

The position of Vice-Chair of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions is currently vacant.

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.

 

Report of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions by Rapporteur Kyriakos Kyriakou-Hadjiyianni at the 2017 Annual Session in Minsk