Ravindran Daniel Human rights lawyer and an independent expert member representing the Asia Pacific region in the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Mercenaries
is an independent expert member of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of people to self-determination. He is an expert in international human rights law, with more than 30 years of experience in working on human rights at local, regional and international levels. He specializes in conflict and post-conflict situations. He was the Director of Human Rights Divisions in East Timor, Libya and Sudan of the UN Peacekeeping Operations. He has held senior positions in the Cambodia and Uganda offices of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). In the 1980s, he worked with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Geneva. He was the secretary of the UN International Enquiry Commission on East Timor. He has conducted numerous academic training and workshops on human rights in various parts of the world. He founded the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) and was a member of the launching committee that established the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net). He lives in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, and is an avid gardener.