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Every Casualty featured in El Pais article,  La misión de contar muertos

First published 7th Oct 2013

The work of Every Casualty featured in an article written last month for Spanish Newspaper El Pais, by Nairara Gortazar. The article, La misión de contar muertos, explores the work of casualty counting efforts in conflicts spanning the century, from the Spanish Civil War, Apartheid in South Africa, and recent efforts to document the deaths of civilians in Syria.  

Citing the Spanish Civil War as an example of a conflict where unverified casualty figures continue to be manipulated for political gain over half a century later, Gortazar stresses that Syria must take a different path. In line with the central tenets of the Every Casualty Campaign, Gortazar writes that every effort must be made to create verifiable and transparent lists of casualties so that perpetrators can be held responsible and processes of reconciliation can take place.  

While the publication of casualty data by the OCHCR in July demonstrates that both international and national actors are taking serious efforts to record casualty data, the members of the Every Casualty Campaign continue to call on all parties involved in the conflict in Syria to ensure that every casualty of armed conflict is promptly recorded, correctly identified and publicly acknowledged. 

Noting the work the ECC - and particularly the members of the IPN – are doing to ensure that every casualty of armed conflict is properly documented, the article concludes by citing The Kosovo Memory book (published as a joint project by IPN members the Humanitarian Law Centre, Serbia and the Humanitarian Law Centre, Kosovo) as an example of best practice in casualty recording. 

The full text of the article can be accessed here