Casualty recording news & views

The items posted here illustrate why transparent, humanising casualty recording is crucial. Although news reports of casualties are a staple of journalism, less frequently explored are the complexities of the recording process, the immediate and long-term benefits of doing it properly and the many harms involved in failing to do so. This collection examines those issues.

Global Jihad: Counting the Cost - New data from the BBC 

First published 15th Dec 2014

The BBC releases the findings of a project to document every casualty of Jihadism around the world for the month of November more...

Protecting civilians in Afghanistan: Civilian harm tracking and casualty recording

First published 3rd Jun 2014

A new joint briefing from Every Casualty and the Center for Civilians in Conflict examines how civilian harm tracking and casualty recording have aided in international efforts to protect civilians in Afghanistan.  more...

Importance of casualty recording in peace operations highlighted at IPI seminar

First published 28th May 2014

Casualty recording was highlighted as a key tool in protecting civilians in peace operations at seminar hosted by International Peace Institute on 20 May at their offices in New York more...

Press release: Systematically recording the casualties of armed violence can help save lives

First published 16th Apr 2014

Recording and analysing data on the casualties of conflict and armed violence can improve the protection of civilians and save lives. This is the conclusion of two reports released today by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) and the Every Casualty Programme at Oxford Research Group (ORG). more...

Accepting truth, acknowledging loss: casualty records from Katyn to Afghanistan

First published 28th Oct 2013

A lack of transparency surrounding records of casualties in armed conflict continues to hamper reconciliation efforts everywhere from Poland to Afghanistan - even decades after the end of a conflict. The United States refusal to identify or publicly acknowledge drone strike casualties is a worrying continuation of this trend.  more...

Video: casualty recorders discuss their motivations and work

First published 12th Mar 2013

In this video interview, representatives of NGO casualty recorders from Colombia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, and India discuss their reasons for, and the power of, casualty recording. They are members of the International Practitioner Network (IPN) of casualty recording organisations. more...

TBIJ's Analysis on U.S Drones Strikes during Muslim Holidays. 

First published 3rd Sep 2012

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, one of our network members, has released a new analysis on drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This analysis which shows that there is no increase in the frequency of drone attacks during the Muslim holidays, such as Ramadan, but also no decrease, as the frequency of attacks remains largely the same.  more...

Afghan civilians killed or wounded by British forces: the investigations listed

First published 25th Oct 2011

This article by the Guardian illustrates the existence of systematic and comprehensive recording by the UK government of a specific category of casualty over an extended period of time, and the (partial) publication of detailed data from that recording activity at the level of individual incident.  more...

Presentation: why we should document every casualty of conflict, both civilian and combatant

First published 25th Oct 2011

On 9 May 2011, Elizabeth Minor of Oxford Research Group's everycasualty programme made this presentation to Café Diplo, the meeting series of the friends of Le Monde Diplomatique Newspaper in London. Setting the arguments in the context of current and former conflicts, from Libya to Afghanistan, Iraq to Bosnia, Elizabeth demonstrates the social, political and human importance of recording every casualty of conflict as an individual. more...