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.

Developing standards for casualty recording: plenary meeting in London, September 2015

First published 8th Oct 2015

A group of 15 practitioners and end-users met in London to review the first draft standards for casualty recording. The text is the result of the consultation in working groups coordinated by Every Casualty over the past two years. Following productive discussions and agreement, a second draft version of the standards will now be produced for the next step of consultation. more...

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Developing standards for casualty recording - 2 years on

First published 29th May 2015

Two years after the first meeting in Bogota that started the collaborative process to develop standards for the field of casualty recording, the first phase of consultation has been completed. Every Casualty gives you an update.  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...

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...

New paper from Every Casualty in Jindal Journal of International Affairs

First published 25th Mar 2014

A new paper from Every Casualty appears in the latest issue of the Jindal Journal of International Affairs more...

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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...

Update on Syrian IPN member abduction 

First published 5th Feb 2014

Syrian based organisation the Violation Documentation Centre again issues call for the release of founder and human rights activist Razan Zaitouneh.  more...

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Every Casualty featured in El Pais article,  La misión de contar muertos

First published 7th Oct 2013

The work of Every Casualty featured in an article written last month for Spanish Newspaper El Pais by Nairara Gortazar. more...

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Casualty recording and campaigning against weapons

First published 6th Aug 2013

Casualty recording plays a crucial role in efforts to curb the use of certain weapons through drawing attention to their humanitarian impact, shows a recently published article by Every Casualty Campaign member Article 36. more...

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. more...

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...

Press release: The war in Iraq: 10 years and counting

First published 19th Mar 2013

This press release from International Practitioner Network (IPN) member Iraq Body Count, on the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, draws attention to the human toll of the conflict since 2003 through a statistical overview of its casualties. more...

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Developing standards in casualty recording: first meeting of a process

First published 13th Mar 2013

A process to develop standards in casualty recording practice has been started by Every Casualty, involving members of the International Practitioner Network (IPN) and users of casualty data. Standards have been demanded by practitioners, institutions that use the information they produce, and representatives of states and intergovernmental organisations. more...

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Forensic anthropology in Guatemala: video interview with Fredy Peccerelli

First published 12th Mar 2013

In this video, Fredy Peccerelli describes the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG)'s work to identify and analyse the remains people missing from the decades-long conflict in Guatemala. He describes the contribution of this work to criminal proceedings relating to events during the conflict, the context of the work, and its challenges. 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...

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...

"Bosnian Book of the Dead": A Book for the Living

First published 29th Jan 2013

Research and Documentation Center (RDC) -member of the International Practitioners Network has launched "The Bosnian Book of the Dead" a Book which recalls  the names of over 95 000 victims of the 1990's conflict in the Balkans. more...

Libya's government announces significant revision of its own casualty figures

First published 9th Jan 2013

The Libyan Government announced significantly lower figures of people killed during the revolution. 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...

Towards the recording of every casualty: methods research launch at USIP

First published 1st Nov 2012

On October 22, 2012, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted a roundtable discussion to launch the findings of Oxford Research Group (ORG)'s two year research project into casualty recording practice, which mainly focused on the work of NGOs. The panelists and participants discussed how the recording of conflict casualties is often done by NGOs where there is a lack of official recording. The motivations behind and benefits of casualty recording were also examined by the panelists. more...

Published: Study into good practice in conflict casualty recording

First published 22nd Oct 2012

The Every Casualty programme at Oxford Research Group has published the largest-ever study into casualty recording practice worldwide. Conducted over two years, the study examines the work of 40 practitioner groups and individuals working in different conflict and post-conflict environments. more...

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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...

Announcement: Centre for the Study of Political Violence at the Jindal School of International Affairs joins the IPN

First published 3rd Sep 2012

We are very pleased to announce that the Centre for Study of Political violence (CSPV) of the Jindal School of International Affairs has just joined the IPN.   more...

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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...

LRA Attacks Increase in 2012 

First published 3rd Sep 2012

IPN member, LRA Crisis Tracker, has just released their mid-year security brief which covers LRA attacks from January to June 2012. According to the report, LRA attacks in the analysis period has risen sharply from the latter half of 2011.  more...

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Presentation: Recording Casualties and the Protection of Civilians

First published 21st Aug 2012

This presentation was given during an advocacy trip to New York in May 2012 to engage UN agencies, states' representatives, and NGOs on casualty recording in the context of the protection of civilians in armed conflict. more...

LRA Crisis Tracker Annual Security Brief, 2011

First published 20th Feb 2012

LRA Crisis Tracker (LCT) has released its Annual Security Brief for 2011, covering the actions and outcomes of the Lords Resistance Army. more...

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Action On Armed Violence Syria report

First published 10th Feb 2012

IPN member AOAV provides a collation and analysis of the ongoing armed conflict in Syria. The focus of their work is on the effects of explosive weapons, providing a breakdown of the type of weapons and the casualties they have caused.  more...

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The Truth Teller: Natasa Kandic, urging Serbs to face the past

First published 3rd Feb 2012

Radio Free Europe discusses Natasa Kandic, Director of the Humanitarian Law Centre in Belgrade, battle for searching for the truth and seeking justice for past atrocities. more...

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Tamil Information Centre press release

First published 29th Nov 2011

The Tamil Information Centre calls on the Sri Lanka government to create a single authoritative record of casualties of Armed Violence. more...

The escalating casualties in Pakistan, 2005 - 2010

First published 25th Oct 2011

The Costs of War project is part of Brown University. The project takes an interdisciplinary look at the effects of war. In the article and publication linked here, Costs of War integrates and assesses the human costs of conflict in Pakistan. more...

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Libya: the toll NATO didn't count

First published 25th Oct 2011

Hamit Dardagan of Iraq Body Count and the everycasualty programme highlights Nato's failure even to attempt a comprehensive accounting of civilian casualties in Libya despite their protection being the stated purpose of the Alliance's intervention. more...

The people on the street document casualties – why can't governments?

First published 25th Oct 2011

John Sloboda of Oxford Research Group's everycasualty programme looks at the citizen led efforts to record and memorialise the dead of the 2011 uprisings in the Arab world, and argues that all war victims deserve that same treatment. more...

Presentation: methods research, early impressions

First published 25th Oct 2011

This 15 minute slideshow discusses some preliminary impressions from Oxford Research Group's research to analyse how different organisations worldwide are recording violent deaths from conflict. more...

Video: Launch of the Charter for the recognition of Every Casualty

First published 25th Oct 2011

On the 15 September 2011 the Charter for the recognition of every casualty of armed violence was launched at the British Academy in London. The public launch included speeches from Wissam Tarif of Insan, who work in Syria, and Sandra Orlović of the Humanitarian Law Centre-Serbia and Bekim Blakaj of the Humanitarian Law Centre-Kosovo, who discussed how the Charter's core demands are both important to their work and necessary as standards for the world community. 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...

The challenge of recording civilian casualties in Libya: interview with Hamit Dardagan

First published 25th Oct 2011

In this March 2011 interview on the BBC World Service, Hamit Dardagan of Iraq Body Count and Oxford Research Group's everycasualty programme discusses how the recording of civilian casualties in the context of Libya might be approached. more...

Truth seeking, truth telling and truth keeping in Bosnia and Herzegovina: interview with Mirsad Tokača

First published 25th Oct 2011

In this interview Mirsad Tokača, Director of the Research and Documentation Center of Sarajevo (RDC), discusses the work of his organisation to document human losses in Bosnia, and the Center's aim of contributing to processes of Transitional Justice in a society with a deeply contested recent past by providing solid records, and hence truth. more...

Understanding violence in Colombia: interview with Jorge Restrepo

First published 25th Oct 2011

In this interview Jorge Restrepo, Director of the Conflict Analysis Resource Center (CERAC) in Bogotá, Colombia, discusses the work of his organisation to document the violence of the Colombian civil conflict. more...

After Libya, let us learn to count every casualty of war

First published 20th Oct 2011

The Guardian's Jonathan Steele, who was present at the launch of the Charter for the recognition of every casualty of armed violence at the British Academy on 14 September in London, welcomes the charter and discusses its pertinence to Libya and beyond in the first major op-ed focusing on the charter and the NGOs who back it. more...

The casualties of war: Libya and beyond

First published 20th Oct 2011

The architects of a decade of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Libya devote great efforts to assessing the military aspects of their operations – yet are silent on the human damage. Paul Rogers discusses this damage and the Costs of War project of everycasualty programme advisor, Neta Crawford. more...

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New initiative on recording casualties of armed violence

First published 20th Oct 2011

The Every Casualty programme's press release for the launch of the Charter for the recognition of every casualty of armed violence. more...