Casualty recording, weapons and victims' rights

First published 31st May 2013

On 15 April 2013 every casualty campaign members Article 36 and Action on Armed Violence held an event at the Intersessional Meeting of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). The importance of casualty recording for violence reduction, victims' rights, and drawing attention to the impact of certain weapons were discussed.

In a post on their website, Article 36 recently summarised the event.

The event was attended by over 70 representatives of states, international organisations and NGOs, and featured presentations from representatives of:

  • The Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, on the challenges of recording information about casualties resulting from landmines and cluster munitions,
  • Action on Armed Violence, on the importance of data on the impact of violence for violence reduction programming, and
  • Article 36, on the link between casualty recording and victims' rights, and the importance of information on victimisation from different weapons to establishing stronger legal and policy protections for civilians 

Article 36 also distributed a flyer calling on states to raise the importance of casualty recording in discussions under the framework of the CCM.