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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Video: Every Casualty speaks with practitioners at ICMP conference

First published 12th Mar 2014

Every Casualty speaks with attendees of the ICMP conference, The Missing: An Agenda for the Future 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...