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.

UK Government makes new commitment on casualty recording

First published 2nd Mar 2018

The UK Government has committed itself in future to reporting numbers and non-personal details of civilian casualties admitted to UK military field hospitals during combat operations. more...

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Casualty Recording Contributes to Victim Assistance: New Report

First published 30th Apr 2015

A new report, Acknowledge, Amend, Assist is published today by Action On Armed Violence shows the links between casualty recording and victim assistance. more...

Iraq civilian deaths have almost doubled every year since 2012, reports Iraq Body Count

First published 7th Jan 2015

A recent press release from Iraq Body Count highlights how civilian casualty figures in Iraq have nearly doubled each year since 2012.  more...

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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...

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Civilian casualties from explosive violence up 20% a year: AOAV - Interview with report author 

First published 4th Dec 2014

New data released on 1 December from Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) shows that the number of civilians killed and injured globally by explosive weapons has increased by 20% each year since 2011.  more...

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Casualty figures for Syria, Ukraine, and Gaza: who is providing them and how?

First published 24th Sep 2014

Following the publication of casualty figures for the conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Gaza this summer, we look into the origins of these numbers and what they tell us. more...

Press Release: New military tactics impede efforts to record casualties, put civilians at greater risk

First published 12th Aug 2014

A new report from the Every Casualty Programme shows that the use of emerging military tactics, including the use of armed drones and autonomous weapons, private military and security companies, and special operations forces, poses serious challenges to casualty recording.  more...

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Video and Audio: Losing Sight of the Human Costs of Conflict

First published 12th Aug 2014

Senior Research Officer Elizabeth Minor discusses the key themes and recommendations from Every Casualty's recent report, "Losing Sight of the Human Cost: Casualty Recording and Remote Control Warfare" with the Remote Control Project, and Radio France International more...

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Three Casualty Recording Organisations Work with UN in Gaza to Provide Detailed Casualty Data

First published 6th Aug 2014

Three casualty-recording organisations are providing preliminary figures and identifying information to the news media, the United Nations, and the humanitarian community at large on the current on-going conflict in Gaza. more...

Every Casualty joins scholars from Palestine, Serbia at symposium on Intervention

First published 18th Jul 2014

Several members of the Every Casualty Programme spoke at a two day symposium, 'On the Receiving End of Intervention: Methods Human Security', hosted by the Centre for International Intervention at the University of Surrey 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...

Syrian Casualties: Who's counting?

First published 3rd Jun 2014

While the UN stopped publishing casualty figures of the Syrian conflict early this year, several organisations continue to keep detailed records of the conflict's casualties. more...

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Casualty recording helps reduce armed violence, civilian casualties: new paper from AOAV

First published 2nd Jun 2014

A new policy paper from Action on Armed Violence shows the ways in which casualty records can help to reduce and prevent incidences of violence and resultant civilian casualties 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...

Civilian victims of explosive weapons rises by 15% 

First published 15th May 2014

A new report from Action on Armed Violence finds major increase in global civilian casualties from explosive violence  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...

Casualty Recording and the Law of Armed Conflict

First published 16th Apr 2014

Professor Susan Breau analyses the recommendations of a joint summary from Every Casualty and AOAV on UN and state casualty recording practice, exploring how casualty recording ensures Member State compliance with the Law of Armed Conflict   more...

Press Release: Major new report shows 11,420 children killed in Syrian conflict

First published 24th Nov 2013

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Syria and beyond: data demands and intervention policy

First published 18th Oct 2013

In this article originally published on Open Security, Jacob Beswick, of the Every Casualty programme at Oxford Research Group, looks at the parliamentary debate on the question of UK intervention in Syria, and the importance of casualty and other data to such policy decisions. more...

The Iraq Sanctions Myth

First published 29th Apr 2013

A piece by Prof.Michael Spagat – advisor to the Every Casualty programme, Spagat highlights the how casualty figures from a few surveys claiming that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children died under sanctions have been repeated without question in numerous statements from high profile political actors, including statements made by UK and US officials justifying the invasion of Iraq, despite the surveys themselves being discredited.
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Every Casualty and International Law: presentation to the ISMLLW

First published 19th Apr 2013

The Every Casualty team is dedicated to tracking developments in international law relating to casualty recording. On Friday February 15th, we presented on the topic of 'Casualty Recording: Legal Obligations and Current Practice', to the UK National Group of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War (ISMLLW). more...

Every Casualty presentation at the Royal Society of Medicine

First published 18th Apr 2013

On Friday 12th April, Every Casualty presented at the Royal Society of Medicine Conflict and Catastrophes Forum's Annual Medicine Overseas Conference, 'Research and Response in the Middle of Chaos'. The presentation is summarised here. more...

Video: Naming the dead project

First published 3rd Apr 2013

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) has recorded at least 2,537 people reported to have been killed by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, but fewer than 20% are named. Their new Naming the Dead project aims to identify as many as possible of those killed, civilian or militant. In this video, International Practitioner Network (IPN) member TBIJ explain the project and a crowd-funding appeal to support it. more...

Casualty recording as an evaluative capability: Libya and the protection of civilians

First published 28th Mar 2013

In a new paper, Every Casualty examines the relevance of casualty recording to the Protection of Civilians (PoC) framework, using NATO's intervention in Libya as a case study. We argue that the acquisition and analysis of information about casualties needs to be given a clear and fundamental role when drafting Security Council resolutions that mandate protection. more...

Launch event: 'Hitting the Target?' RUSI Whitehall Report, publishing paper from Every Casualty

First published 15th Mar 2013

On Tuesday March 26th, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is holding a discussion event to mark the launch of a new 'Whitehall Report': 'Hitting the Target? How New Capabilities Are Shaping International Intervention'. The Whitehall Report publishes a new paper from Every Casualty: 'Casualty Recording as an Evaluative Capability: Libya and the Protection of Civilians'. more...

New project at TBIJ: Naming the dead

First published 5th Feb 2013

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has launched a funding appeal for their new project, Naming the Dead, which intends to find the names of all people killed by the U.S drones strike in Northern Pakistan. more...

The Halabja Project: Uncovering the truth 25 years later

First published 11th Dec 2012

25 years later, the Kurdish Regional Government is still decontaminating  the town of Halabja from the horrific chemical  attacks in 1988 and beginning to uncover the truth behind the attacks. more...

Towards the Recording of Every Casualty: Summary of the methods research launch at USIP

First published 6th Nov 2012

In this article originally published on the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) website, USIP comment on the launch of the casualty recording practice research launched at their Washington D.C. headquarters in October 2012, and which they funded. more...

Analysis: How Washington Post strips casualties from covert drone data

First published 5th Nov 2012

First published on the Bureau of Investigative Journalism website by Chris Woods. 

Alongside the Washington Post’s latest blockbuster reports on the Obama administration’s drone kill list is a new graphic, depicting US covert strikes since 2002.Based on studies by monitoring organisations, the graphic lists hundreds of US drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, in what the paper says will be a regularly updated project. Also detailed are ‘the names of prominent militant leaders killed in individual strikes,’ the paper says. But there the information stops.
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New report on recording casualties of drone strikes

First published 2nd Nov 2012

The Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School in the United States has done a cross comparison research of organisations who have been recording compiling and publishing casualties of U.S drone strikes in Pakistan. The  report examined the methodology of three organisations whose casualties figures are the among the most quoted figures in the debate about the effectiveness and humanitarian costs of drones.  more...

Syria's Bloodiest Day: Interview with the Every Casualty Programme

First published 8th Oct 2012

Headlines from the Syrian conflict claimed that last Wednesday, 26 September 2012, was Syria's bloodiest day since the beginning of the confict. Syrian activists said that there were over 340 deaths in a single day, making it the highest death toll figure for a single day from the Syrian conflict to date. Hana Salama of Every Casualty, was interviewed by the Guardian for the Middle East Live Blog about the issues surrounding the reporting of Syrian Casualty numbers. 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...

AOAV's July 2012 Explosive Violence Monitoring Report

First published 20th Aug 2012

This report, based on casualty records compiled by practitioner network member Action on Armed Violence, highlights the extent and impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, which overwhelmingly affects civilians.  more...

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The struggle against the toxic politics of casualty numbers in Syria

First published 26th Jul 2012

The way that death toll figures are often presented in press and media reports might lead one to think that we don't (and can't) know very much about the deadly violence in Syria. However, attempts are being made by civil society groups to replace unsubstantiated rhetoric with reliable records. Hana Salama, Coordinator of the ORG-facilitated  International Practitioner Network (IPN) of casualty recording organisations, explores how these organisations do their work, and how their work should be assessed. The article was first published on guardian.co.uk's Comment is Free on 14 July 2012. more...

Towards drone attack accountability

First published 23rd Feb 2012

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is one of the handful of organisations globally that thoroughly investigate drone casualties in Pakistan.  more...

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