Joakim Dungel, 1978 - 2011
Joakim Dungel, a national of Sweden, was a Human Rights Officer in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He had just joined the Mission in February 2011. He died on 1 April 2011 in an attack by a large group of demonstrators on UNAMA's operation centre in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Joakim had also worked with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).
“Joakim was a much-loved and admired member of the ICTY family, and his death was the cause of great shock and sorrow among all those who knew him,” said a colleague.
Joakim is described by colleagues as being wise beyond his years. He was generous and good humoured with the ability to connect with colleagues as well as those who could not speak for themselves. He had a passion for justice.
Joakim studied law first of all in his native Sweden at Goteborg University, and subsequently in Canada at Sherbrooke University and the United States at New York University.
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The above tribute was first published on iSeek (the UN's Intranet) using information provided by field missions, the Departments of Peacekeeping and Field Support and OHRM, as well as comments shared by colleagues in conversations, email messages, and media accounts.