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Joakim Dungel, Dedicated to the Advancement of Human Rights, Killed in Afghanistan

Working for the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, Swede  Joakim Dungel  died yesterday when the compound was attacked by a violent crowd.

A lawyer, Joakim Dungel was dedicated to the advancement of human rights and had worked, amongst other things, with the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague in respect of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda.

In Memorium Joakim Dungel

Joakim Dungel, 33, followed his passion for defending human rights to some of the most difficult places in the world. A native of Sweden, Joakim trained as an international lawyer and was equally in his element writing scholarly articles and working on cases in Europe as he did interviewing victims of abuses at missions abroad. Before moving to Afghanistan in 2011, where he served as a human rights officer in Mazar-i-Sharif, he worked for the UN in Lebanon and with the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Colleagues describe Joakim as wise beyond his years, generous, and exceptionally good humored. His ability to make connections with colleagues as well as human rights victims who were not able to speak for themselves was matched by his passion for justice.

April 4, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, United Nations | , , , | 1 Comment