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.

'Finding names of dead increasingly difficult': TBIJ and Iraq Body Count 

First published 24th Oct 2014

Podcast: Iraq Body Count's Lily Hamourtziadou and TBIJ's Jack Serle speak with Owen Bennet-Jones on the challenges of casualty recording in conflicts in Iraq and Pakistan more...

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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...

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...

IPN member reports show 24 dead in Pakistan from US drones in September

First published 2nd Oct 2013

According to a report released on Monday by Islamabad based IPN member, Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC), 24 people were killed by U.S. drones strikes in Pakistan in the month of September.  more...

MoD commissions report on how to 'sell wars to the public'

First published 30th Sep 2013

Reducing the visibility of military causalities may be one way to ‘sell wars to the public’ according to a Ministry of Defence strategy report recently obtained by the Guardian through the Freedom of Information Act. more...

Every Casualty marks the launch of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism's 'Naming the Dead' Project

First published 26th Sep 2013

On the evening of the 24th of September, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, in partnership with the Every Casualty Campaign, held an event at Somerset House to mark the launch of TBIJ’s new ‘Naming the Dead’ project. 
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Drones and the legal obligation to record casualties: presentation by Professor Susan Breau

First published 25th Oct 2011

On Thursday 23 June at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Oxford Research Group's everycasualty programme launched our major finding that there is a legal obligation to record every casualty of conflict, and that this obligation applies to the drone strikes being conducted in Pakistan and Yemen by the CIA. This is the presentation of Professor Susan Breau, Legal Consultant to everycasualty and Professor of International Law at Flinders University. more...

Drone warfare: cost and challenge

First published 20th Oct 2011

The repositioning of the United States' military strategy includes a great expansion in the use of armed drones to attack targets in Pakistan and Yemen. This development raises profound legal and ethical questions including the need to record the casualties of such attacks, argues Paul Rogers in this piece originally published on OpenDemocracy. more...