Social media can help young people reclaim their human rights. ASEAN governments should embrace this
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Minar Pimple is the Senior Director of Global Operations at Amnesty International. He is responsible for overseeing the programmes, operations and impact of the International Secretariat’s regional offices which have been opening around the world from 2013, creating a global presence for the organization. Minar oversees the integrated ways of working of these new offices where Amnesty International's research, campaigning, communications and development activities are managed by teams in the region.
Prior to joining Amnesty International, Minar was the Regional Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign where he led the Campaign’s Asia-Pacific operations and advocacy. He has also held roles as Executive Director of Decade of Human Rights Inc. (PHDRE) in New York, USA, and as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of “Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action” (YUVA), a civil society organization that promotes human rights and sustainable development for urban and rural poor in India. Minar has played various global board roles with Habitat International Coalition, Oxfam International where he was the Founder Chair of Oxfam India.
Minar has represented and spoken at many high-profile events including the Civil Society Development Forum in Geneva, United Cities and Local Government’s International Conference on MDGs in Rome, and various side-events to the UN High-Level Event on the MDGs.
Minar, an Indian national, holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Mumbai. He achieved the Dorothy Baker Award for securing second place in the University of Mumbai.