DANZEL VAN ZYL
Africa Program Associate (Sierra Leone & Nigeria)
Danzel van Zyl, a human rights lawyer from South Africa, joined the International Human Rights Law Group in March 2002 to coordinate IHRLG's activities in Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Mr. van Zyl works on issues and programs relating to transitional justice, international advocacy, human rights education and training, capacity building for NGOs and civil society organizations, electoral reform, legislative advocacy, gender issues and constitutional review. He also provides expertise in the operation of the African Commission on Human Rights and Peoples Rights.
Prior to joining IHRLG, Mr. van Zyl worked as a human rights lawyer and activist with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa where he, inter alia, brought several amnesty applications in front of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He also worked for the South African Government as an expert on security of tenure for rural farm dwellers. He has also worked with asylum seekers in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. van Zyl has pursued graduate studies at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He earned his Master of Laws in International Legal Studies from the American University's Washington College of Law.