Political career 2005 - 2009 Member of the German Bundestag European policy spokesman of the FDP parliamentary group Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Belgium and Luxembourg
2002 - 2005 Member of the German Bundestag Development policy spokesman of the FDP parliamentary group
Since 2001 Member of the FDP National Executive since 2005 Vice-President of the European Liberal Democrats (ELDR)
2004 - 2010 President of the FDP Berlin
2005 - 2009 Chairman of the FDP Federal Committee on International Politics
2005 - 2007 President of the German Group of Liberal International (DGLI)
from April 2010 Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office
John Thomas Alderdice, Baron Alderdice (born 28 March 1955) is a Northern Ireland politician.
He was Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly 1998-2004, leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 1987-1998, and since 1996 sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat. He was elected President of Liberal International in 2005 and served until Liberal International's Cairo congress in 2009.He was educated at Ballymena Academy and the Queen's University of Belfast (QUB). He worked part-time as a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy in the NHS from 1988 until he retired from psychiatric practice in 2010. He also lectured at Queen's University's Faculty of Medicine between 1991 and 1999.
The Alliance Party was formed in 1970 as an alternative to sectarian politics. Alderdice was on the Executive Committee of the party between 1984 and 1998, the Chair Policy Committee between 1985 and 1987, the party Vice-chair in 1987 before becoming the party leader ahead of the 1987 general election and contested Belfast East for the party. He received 32.1% of the vote, the highest percentage achieved by Alliance in an individual seat in a Westminster election until Naomi Long's historic victory for the party in Belfast East inthe 2010 general election.
In 1988, in Alliance's keynote post-Anglo Irish Agreement document, "Governing with Consent", Alderdice called for a devolved power-sharing government based on a voluntary coalition elected by a qualified majority vote. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Alliance's vote stabilised at between 6% and 8%. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for Belfast East in 1998 and became the Assembly's firs tspeaker, serving until 2004.
Alderdice was a Belfast City Councillor from 1989 until 1997. He resigned as party leader to take the position of Speaker. He has been a member of the Independent Monitoring Commission since 2004. Alderdice was created a life peer in 1996 as Baron Alderdice of Knock in the City of Belfast; he was one of the youngest ever life peers. He sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat. On 10 June 2010, he was elected to the new position of Convenor of the Liberal Democrat Peers, a role in which he chairs the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party in the House of Lords.
Dr. Ketty W. Chen is the acting Director of the Department of International Affairs of the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan. For the past two years, Dr. Chen was visiting scholar at the National Taiwan University. Her research areas include the quality of democracy, civil society and social movements in Taiwan. Born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Plano, Texas, USA, Dr. Chen received her doctoral degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in comparative politics, international relations and political philosophy. In the field of comparative politics, Dr. Chen’s research focuses on democratization, Taiwan’s electoral politics and the control methods of authoritarian regimes. In international relation studies, Dr. Chen examines issues relating to regional security in the Asia Pacific and conflict resolution. She also specializes in classical and modern political theories. Prior to her post in Taiwan, Dr. Chen taught courses on American Politics and International Relations as an associated faculty at Collin College in Plano, Texas and US-China relations at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.
Dr. Chen also holds two Master’s degrees in political science and international relations from the University of Oklahoma and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and psychology from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of a popular blog named, “The Participant Observer”, which documents her experience in Taiwan and observations on Taiwan’s social movement and issues in the past two years. Dr. Chen is regularly referenced in publications and media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, the Economist, LA Times, Voice of America, Libération and Le Monde. She participated on Al Jazeera-English as commentator during the 2012 presidential election in Taiwan and appeared during the Sunflower Movement this year. Dr. Chen’s research papers and articles appeared in publications such as the Diplomat, Taiwan International Studies Quarterly, the Taipei Times and the Chronicle Herald. She is the author of a number of papers including, “Disciplining Taiwan – The Kuomintang’s Methods of Control during the White Terror Era”, “From Hegemonic Party to Catch-All Party – The Political Transformation of the KMT” and “The End of One-Party Dominance – A Comparative study of Taiwan and Mexico”. Dr. Chen is currently authoring a book on the political resilience of the Kuomintang and book chapters on the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan.
Frank van Dalen(1969) became involved with LGBT-themes in 1997. The Gay Games of 1998 were in need for sponsors but sponsors were reluctant in openly sponsoring the event. A media campaign about gay-advertising let by van Dalenopened the doors towards financial support.
In 2005 van Dalen became president of the Dutch world oldest still existing LGBT-movement COC Netherlands. He launched a new mission, the third phase of LGBT-emancipation, revitalizing the LGBT-cause in the Netherlands. As a result in 2007 the Dutch government for the first time adopted the objective of social acceptance as key-priority. It was a result of massive campaigning and negotiations with not only the Social and Christian Democrats, but also the orthodox Christian Union that became part of the new coalition. In March 2008 the new national policies were adopted by the parliament, the royal family visited a LGBT-exclusive event for the first time and the local authorities nation-wide committed themselves to improving the social and security climate regarding LGBT. In 2008 COC got the ECOSOC-status at the United Nations.
In 2007 van Dalen also became president of gay pride-organizer ProGay. He set a new strategy focusing on broadening the audience and deepening the event agenda. It let to a doubled number of visitors a few years later, new programs like Lesbian Pride, a massive cultural and emancipator program and many new initiatives. In 2009 Amsterdam Gay Pride was voted best European gaypride and in 2010 Newsweek wrote about the Amsterdam Gay Pride as the hottest party on the planet.
In 2009 Frank had the leadership in defining a new LGBT-program for the city of Amsterdam improving the social and safety climate. In 2010 van Dalen was elected in the townhall-council. In that new role he took leadership in developing a new program to strengthen the economic side of Amsterdam Gay Capital. This program was adopted by the local council in spring 2011. At the same time as President of the LGBT-museum foundation he is pushing to have a gay-museum opened in Amsterdam. In February 2012 he got the assignment to take the leadership in revitalizing the international promoted gay neighborhood in Amsterdam.
Over the past years both as politician as well as an activist van Dalen visited many countries to give local support to LGBT-causes. He addressed 7.000 people at Warsaw pride, visited a LGBT-conference in Vilnius that has suffered a bomb-attack, gave support to LGBT-activists in Macedonia, was observer during several lawcases in Turkey against LGBT-organizations and took part in the delegation of high ranked European politicians and ambassadors from the Netherlands, the Unites States and others iduring the Belgrade Pride in 2010.
On regular basis he delivers key-notes and workshops, like last year in Berlin ona international conference about Gay Neighborhoods and in Brussels at theworldwide conference about Gay Prides.
Abir Al-Sahlani was born on May 18, 1976 in Baghdad, Iraq. Ms Al-Sahlani is a boardmember of LI full member Centerpartiet. She was a member of the Parliament of Sweden from 2010 until 2014, representing Centerpartiet. She has a Master’s degree in computer system science from Stockholm University. Her studies included Arabic language and history, political science and psychology at both Stockholm University and Södertörn University College in Stockholm. After graduation Abir Al-Sahlani volunteered as a language teacher at Nacka School in Stockholm in 2002-2003, assisting migrants' children in their studies. In 2003 she returned for four years to Iraq, where she worked as Liaison officer for the Governing Council of Baghdad in 2003-2004, coordinating relations between the council and Iraqi ministries. During her years in Bagdad she arranged seminars on women's rights and successfully promoted the founding of a centre for democracy and a youth parliament. In 2004 Ms Al-Sahlani was appointed Secretary General of the National Democratic Alliance (DNA), an Iraqi liberal party, a position she held until 2007 when she was recruited as Political Adviser on foreign affairs and migration for the Centre Party in Sweden. She entered the Swedish parliament in 2010 and is a member of the Foreign affairs committee and the Labour market committee.
Assiatou Bah-Diallo is a journalist and Member of Parliament for the Union des Forces Democratiques de Guinee, who was born and raised in the Republic of Guinea. In 1962, after finishing her Baccalaureate, Bah-Diallo was sent to Georgetown University, where she studied Applied Linguistics.
By being married to a political activist, Bah-Diallo has been actively involved in politics since 1968. She assisted my husband, Siradiou Diallo, in managing the opposition party he was leading, as well as in campaigning for presidency in the 1993's elections. In 2004, her husband passed away and she was elected Vice President of the party he was heading.
She was awarded "the Voice of African Women" by Cosmopolitan Magazine, therefore she is a leading voicefor gender equality in Africa.
Bouchra Barrijal is a Member of Parliament for the Union Constitutionelle Party in Morocco and the Vice-President for the Parliamentary Commission for Education and Culture. Before entering the Parliament, Barrijas was the Vice-President for the INWL. She was an active member of numerous associations affiliated with the promotion of human rights for men in Morocco. In addition, Barrijas is a past member of the Association of Young Lawyers in Casablanca and the Association of Young Arab Lawyers.
Born on October 7 1954 in Tamworth, Phil Bennion is a British politician that served for the Liberal Democrats and was a member of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Furthermore, he was a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia. Bennion studied at University of Aberdeen, Newcastle University and University of Birmingham. He is presently the Chair of the British Group of Liberal International.
Naomi Blumenthal graduated from Bar-Ilan University, and was elected to the Knesset in 1992. She was re-elected in 1996 and 1999, and appointed Deputy Minister of National Infrastructure in 2001. She served as chairwoman of the Worldwide Likud Movement between 2001 and 2002, and stepped down from the cabinet in 2003. She is also a former chairwoman of the Political Centre – Israel Women’s Network, and was a member of the Israeli delegation to the UN Conference on the Status of Women several times between 1989 and 1995.
Lourdes Ciuro I Buldo hails from Reus, Spain and was born on June 3, 1971. Cuiro I Buldo has a law degree from Autonoma University, specializing in family, civil, real estate and registry law. She is the First Secretary of the Equality Committee and a spokesperson for the Justice Committee, Home Affairs and the Committee on Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility. In addition, she was Town Councillor of Sabadell between 2007 and 2011. Cuiro I Buldo is presently a Member of Parliament for Barcelona in the Catalan Parliamentary Group.
Born on 2 August 1983 in Bar, Montenegro, Neda Dabovic graduated from University of Montenegro in the department of English language and Literature. Since her student life, she has participated in various political activities within the Liberal Party of Montenegro. At the age 21, Dubovic became the Vice President of Youth Forum of the Liberal Party of Montenegro at the state level. In February 2014, she went on to become the President of Municipal board of Liberal Party of Montenegro in Bar municipality.
She is one of the founder ofthe NGO “AKTIVNA”, which was established to achieve certain objectives in terms of women’s rights, such as the increase the number of women active in the community,promotion of human rights and gender equality,promotion of women entrepreneurship and equality in the labor market, and equal treatment in the decision-making process in political and public life.
Outside of politics, Dubovic provides consultancy to investors willing to invest in Montenegro, with regards to real estate and construction.
Khadija El Morabit is Vice President of the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) for the MENA region and the National President of the Association of Harakies Women: a parallel body of the Mouvement Populaire Party in Morocco. She is also a Member of the Political Board and the International Relations Committee of the Mouvement Populaire Party and a Regional President of The Association of Moroccan Women Head of Entreprises (AFEM).
In March 2013, she was nominated by the "Forbes - Middle East" Magazine as one of “the most influential Arab business women in family businesses" in the MENA Region according to the importance of women and their power and influence in family businesses.
Chito Gascon is the Chairman of the Philippines Human Rights Commission and member of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board, the body attached to the Commission on Human Rights mandated by law to administer a program of recognition and reparations to victims of the Marcos Martial Law Regime. In this capacity, he holds the rank of a Court of Appeals Justice. He is a political activist and social reformer who has been working on democratic governance concerns for three decades. Chito fought the dictatorship as a student leader. In the wake of the assassination of Senator Ninoy Aquino on 21 August 1983, he helped mobilize protest actions in schools demanding for justice, human rights, and political change. In 1985, he was elected to Chair the University of the Philippines Student Council and led the youth movement to actively participate in the February 1986 Non-Violent People Power Revolution. He organized the 1st Human Rights Awareness Fair in campuses and was an active member of the Philippine Section of Amnesty International at which he served as a board member for many years. He was also an active volunteer to the Lingap Bilanggo campaigns on behalf of Political Prisoners. He also has been and continues to be involved in many different Civil Society political coalitions and alliances that struggle for democracy such as the Kongresong Mamamayang Pilipino (KOMPIL 1& 2), Bansang Nagkaisa sa Diwa at Layunin (BANDILA), the Black & White Movement, Social Liberals & Democrats for the Advancement of Reforms (SoLiDAR), and Re:Publika@DemokraXXIa - a new network of progressive activists seeking to broaden and deepen democracy.
He was previously the Executive Director to both the liberal think tank National Institute for Policy Studies (NIPS) from 1987-2002 and LIBERTAS - a lawyers network for the Rule of Law from 2005-2008. He was founding trustee and corporate counsel of the International Center forInnovation, Transformation, and Excellence in Governance (InciteGov) - the policy group of the so-called ‘Hyatt 10', and still remains part of its Advisory Group. He was Director General of the Liberal Party from 2008-2011 and was Political Director of its successful 2010 National Electoral Campaign. He has taught Law, Politics, & Human Rights at the Political Science Departments in both the Ateneo de Manila and the De la Salle Universities. He was also fellow at La Salle Instituteof Governance. In the transition to democracy, he served as the youngest member to both the Constitutional Commission that drafted the new Republic's Constitution and the 8th Philippine Congress, passing landmark legislation that institutionalized youth participation in local government (Sanggunian Kabataan) as well as a special law providing for special protection to children from all forms of abuse (RA 7610). He has held several senior positions in government, such as Under Secretary for Legal, Legislative and Special Concerns at the Department of Education (DepEd) from 2002-2005, Board Member of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) from 2010-2011, and Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Office of the President from 2011-2014. He was part of the Government Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review in 2012. He was Panel Member for Peace Negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF) from 2001-2004 and had served as the Chair of the Government's Human Rights Monitoring Committee (GPhMC) of that peace process within the framework of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) from 2010-2014.
He has also assisted in peace negotiations involving the conflict with Muslim rebels in Mindanao as a member of the Technical Working Group on Power Sharing and Alternate Panel Member in peacetalks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and with the AdHoc High-Level Working Group for the Tripartite Review of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) together with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's Peace Committee for Southern Philippines. His continuing reform advocacy are in the areas of access to justice & human rights, transparency & accountability initiatives, political & electoral reforms, peace & conflict transformation, people's participation & civic education, and state building in democratic transitions. He is the first Filipino recipient of both the Democracy and Development Fellowship at Stanford University's Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law in 2005 and the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy in 2006. He was also awarded the Benigno S. Aquino Fellowship for Public Service in 2001, the Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship in 2007, and Asian Leadership Fellowship in 2008. He has Bachelor of Arts (BA Philosophy) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees from the University of the Philippines, and has also earned a Master of Law (LLM) degree specializing in International Law (Human Rights, Law of Peace, and Settlement of International Disputes) from Cambridge University as a member of St. Edmund's College through a joint British Chevening and Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholarship. He attended the 1997 Summer Institute on Human Rights administered by the International Institute for Human Rights with the European Human Rights Mechanisms in Strasbourg, France. He is married to Melissa P Mercado and has a daughter, Ciara Sophia.
Boris van der Ham has dedicated a large part of his professional life to the fight for human rights and equal opportunities. During his time in office as a well-respected parliamentarian for D66, Mr. Van der Ham drafted several bills, including one that abolishes the ban on blasphemy and one that requires equal treatment for the handicapped as well as for gays and lesbians. After Mr. Van der Ham chose to take a break from party politics he continued his dedication to individual liberty, in publishing and as President of the Dutch Humanist Alliance. In this position he is focussing on issues of freedom of speech, education and solidarity with atheists and humanists in Islamic countries.
Van der Ham studied history at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences before being admitted to Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduation he worked as an actor for various theater groups. Van der Ham was a member of the Young Democrats from age 15. From 1998 to 2000 he was their chairman.
In May 2002 Mr. Van der Ham was elected as member of parliament. He was re-elected in 2003, 2006 and 2010 with preferential votes. He drafted several bills for equal rights, for abolishing the ban on blasphemy in the Dutch Law, reform a ban on shopping on Sundays and a reform of the formation of the government. In November 2006 he also became Vice-Parliamentary group leader. He focused on matters of education, drug policy, culture, mass media,economic affairs, environment and energy, social equality, democracy and freedom of speech. In 2007. he wrote a book "In the front row" (Voortrekkers en Baanbrekers) about the role of the Netherlands in the European Union after the referendum of 2005.
In 2012, he published a book "The Morality of Freedom" ("De Vrije Moraal") about the history and dilemmas of permissive societies. The same year, Mr. Van der Ham was knighted in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. In November 2016, he will return to his acting career and take part in a musical called 'Ciske de Rat'.
Pauline Kastermans is the current President of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY). Fluent in over four languages, Kastermans has worked as an International Officer for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) and the International Officer and Vice President for the Jonge Democraten Party. In addition, she was nominated for Glamour’s Woman of the Year for 2014 and the ‘Young European of the Year 2015’ for the Schwarzkopf Foundation. Aside from the political sphere, Kastermans is presently pursuing an MBA at Peking University in China.
Ilhan Kyuchyuk was born in 1985 in the city of Sevlievo, Bulgaria and is Member of the European Parliament from the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe since May 2014. In this capacity he is a Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union and substitute member of the Committee on Culture and Education and the Delegation for relations with the United States.Mr. Kyuchyuk is a President of the youth organization of the Movements for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and member of the Bureau of the Party. He has spent his entire life protecting human rights and minorities in Bulgaria, fighting against discrimination and violence,and promoting freedom of religion and LGBTI Rights.
Dr. Ching-Yi Lin is a legislator and the previous Director of Women's Development Department of Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan. In addition, Dr. Lin is the Director of Taiwan Health Corps (NGO), as well as the Director of Taiwan's Women's Link. Dr. Lin earned a Masters in Genetic Counseling at the National Taiwan University, as well as Doctor of Medicine and another Masters at the Chung-Shan Medical University. She is a consultant at various medical centres, and a physician and lecturer at her alma mater. Dr. Lin is the newly elected Legislative Yuan in Taiwan, and plays an essential role in the advocacy of rights for women and girls, LGBTI rights, marriage equality and health care reform.
Lilli Löbsack began her legal career in 1972 as a prosecutor with the District Court in Berlin after studying in Heidelberg and Berlin and conducting a clerkship in Berlin, Speyer and Schleswig. From 1978 -1981 she was head of the judiciary press office and spokeswoman for the Senator for Justice. From 1979 to 1984 she conducted human rights research for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Brazil.The study appeared in 2012 in a revised edition in the series of "German-Brazilian Lawyers Association" at Shaker Verlag. From 1984 to 1988 she was a Representative of the FNF- Foundation in Buenos Aires and Manila, Head of Department at the Society for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Eschborn (1989-1993) and Deputy Managing Director of the German Development Service (DED) in Bonn (1993-2006).In 2007 she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. Currently Mrs. Löbsack is practicing international and national criminal law.
Rosemary Machua is presently the Director of Membership Services Department for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), in addition to being Vice-President on the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) Bureau. Hailing from Kenya, Machua studied at the New Jersey City University, as well as the University of the District of Colombia. Before joining the ODM, she was Director of the Kanyamwi and Castle Holdings Limited for over two decades. She is also the Vice-Chairperson for the National Victims and Survivors Network, and the Founding Secretary for the JM Kariuki Peace and Justice Foundation.
Christian Cyr Rodrigue Mayanda is born on 23August 1967 in Brazzaville Congo and he is the father of two children. He studied in France (Lille) for primary and secondary school and in Brazzaville at the Marien Ngouabi university, where he obtained a bachelor in private law. He worked in Congo in the private sector as a human resources manager. He became involved in politic in 1995 in the MCDDI party as a member and went on to create a think tank in 1996 to support the liberal ideas and to market the image of the founding President of the party Mr. Bernard Kolelas.
Following the 1997 civil war – which led to a coup of the current President – he went into exile in South Africa from 1998 to 2008, where he continues to fight for democracy in his country and represent his leader. Back in Congo in 2008, he became a civil servant and he is now closely working with the current leader of the MCDDI Mr Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas as member of the executive bureau.
He is now the international officer with liberal networks in charge of human rights related issues.
Stevens Mokgalapa was born and bred in Tshwane. After attending Motsemogolo Primary and Kgolaganyo Middle School, Stevens Matriculated at Mabopane High School.He studied Political Science at the University of Pretoria and achieved Honours in International Relations.He served the City of Tshwane Metro for nearly 9 years both as Ward and PR Councillor. Stevens joined the DP in 1999 as a Regional Executive Member, advancing to Branch Chairperson of the CBD branch and later Township Strategy Coordinator Member. His career also afforded him the opportunity to serve as Deputy Caucus Chairperson, Caucus Strategic Member, and Inner Regeneration Spokesperson.
Stevens further holds the position of board member of a sec 21 company for urban regeneration in his constituency and is a founder member of sector policing.
He works for the community as a: social welfare organizations coordinator, cleaning campaign as well as drug and alcohol abuse coordinator and is also a development advisor. Stevens currently serves the DA as Shadow Minister of Human Settlements. He is married to Pearl and they have a daughter named Rorisang.
Hailing from Kananga, DRC, Medard Mulangala was born on January 17, 1957. He studied in Belgium and Oxford for college and university. Mulangala was a founding member and President of the Union pour la Majorité Républicaine political party in 2005 and was elected to the National Assembly in 2006. In addition, he is the founding partner of the Kaula Investment Holding (KIH), which is a consultancy firm that focuses on bringing foreign investors operating in mining, petroleum industries and international trade to the DRC. Mulangala is presently the Vice President for the African Liberal Network (ALN) Bureau and the Chairman for Africa at the BTP Advisers.
Asa Nilsson-Soderstrom is presently the Information Officer for the Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC) and Secretary of the International Board of the Liberal Party. She has hands-on experience from working with human rights projects and advocacy issues across the world. In the past, she served as Vice President of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY), Deputy Head of the parliamentary office of the Liberal Party of Sweden and political advisor to the Minister of Gender Equality.
Marina Schuster (born 23 September 1975) was a member of the Deutscher Bundestag for two consecutive terms, from 2005 to 2013, representing the Free Democratic Party (FDP). In the 17th Legislative Term of the Bundestag she was spokeswoman on human rights and humanitarian aid for the FDP parliamentary group. Her committee assignments included the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, both providing oversight on all activities of the German Foreign Office. During her first term, between 2005 and 2009, Schuster also served as a deputy member of the committees on consumer protection and home affairs and as deputy chair of the German-Egyptian Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Schuster was also active in the Council of Europe. From 2009 she was member of the German delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In this capacity, Schuster also held the position of First Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights and was a member of the Monitoring Committee. In 2010, she was elected Vice-Chairperson of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.She was part of an observer mission during the 2011 election for a constituent assembly following the Tunisian revolution. In 2013, she was named General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty.
During her tenure as parliamentarian, Schuster served on the boards of several organizations, including the German Foundation for Peace Research and the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval).Today, she sits on the boards of the Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation, an organization focused on human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people; the United Nations Association of Germany (UNA-Germany); and the German Africa Foundation. She is a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik.
As a parliamentarian, Schuster has been particularly vocal about the importance of adhering to the international human rights treaties and has repeatedly coauthored parliamentary motions condemning human rights abuses in Russia, Belarus, and Iran, among others. Along with Bernard Kouchner and Bill Richardson, Schuster was among the signatories of an open letter to Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, published on December 14, 2010 in the Financial Times, urging him to end the persecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev as well as to find justice for Sergey Magnitsky, Anna Politkovskaya, Natalya Estemirova, Stanislav Markelov, among others. In 2012, she joined the Justice for Sergei Magnitsky Interparliamentary Group, an international network including parliamentarians from Britain, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.