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History

Every Casualty was first established in 2007 as a project of the Oxford Research Group. It was founded by John Sloboda and Hamit Dardagan, who also co-founded Iraq Body Count. Every Casualty became an independent organisation in 2014 and was registered with the Charity Commission in 2016. 

In 2009, Every Casualty established the Casualty Recorders Network (CRN) to bring together casualty recording practitioners from around the world. The network now includes over 50 member organisations covering the majority of current and recent conflicts globally.

In 2016, following a three year period of consultation with CRN members, experts in international law, international NGOs, the ICRC, the ICC, OHCHR, OCHA, DPKO and WHO, Every Casualty published the Standards for Casualty Recording. The Standards continue to be internationally recognised as the authoritative guide to casualty recording best practice.

Every Casualty continues to refine, promote and support the implementation of the Standards by civil society, state, and IGO casualty recorders. We also facilitate and encourage the sharing of experience and best practice within the field. Every Casualty works with international agencies and state representatives to increase political and resourcing support for consistent implementation and use of casualty recording initiatives in all situations of armed conflict. We regularly contribute briefings to Security Council and Human Rights Council delegates, as well as other expert fora. 

Milestones

  • 2014: ECW publishes research on UN casualty recording practice.

  • 2013: ECW and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN in Geneva organise the first international meeting of state representatives on casualty recording.

  • 2013: Following advocacy by ECW, the UN Secretary General and the Group of Friends on Protection of Civilians publicly recognise the importance of casualty recording for the first time.

  • 2012: ECW publishes first research study into the practice of casualty recording among civil society organisations around the world.

  • 2011: ECW publishes the first research arguing existing obligations in international law for states to record civilian casualties of armed violence and drone attacks.

  • 2011: ECW launches of the Charter for the Recognition of Every Casualty of Armed Violence, with the support of over 50 NGOs worldwide.

  • 2011: ECW hosts the first International Conference of Casualty Recorders (London).