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.

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

States recognise importance of casualty data to peacekeeping missions

First published 4th Mar 2014

Protection of Civilians debate: States recognise the importance of timely and accurate casualty information to enhance peacekeeping missions and operations more...

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Ban-ki Moon report gives new boost to Casualty Recording 

First published 9th Dec 2013

UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon highlights the need for increased casualty recording in most recent report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. more...

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

First published 24th Nov 2013

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Protection of civilians, accountability and recording

First published 28th Aug 2013

On the 19th of August, the Security Council met for an Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians, with Argentina presiding over the Council. Explicit mention of the importance of casualty recording and documenting IHL violations was made by several states in the context of supporting accountability when states fail to protect civilians.
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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...

"Dead man walking" Journalists appeal to the UN, as casualties for their profession are on the rise world-wide

First published 19th Jul 2013

Journalists are the target of much violence during conflict and are turning to the international community for protection.
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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...

Oxford Research Group joins other NGOs in calling for stronger disarmament initiatives world-wide

First published 5th Nov 2012

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 90 representatives from non-governmental organizations and global coalitions gathered in New York for a Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Summit convened by Human Rights Watch. These civil society representatives work in a variety of fields with the shared objective of protecting civilians from the harmful effects of armed violence. The Summit Communiqué issued by 31 signatories, including the Oxford Research Group, calls for strong disarmament initiatives driven by humanitarian imperatives to strengthen international law and protect civilians. 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...

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Casualty Recording at the Protection of Civilians Debate

First published 12th Jul 2012

On June 26, 2012 the Security Council met under the Chinese presidency  for the Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (PoC). Some 45 countries spoke during the debate, with a number of them explicitly recognising the need for improved casualty recording practices in armed conflict in their statements. To our knowledge this is the first time that the issue of casualty recording methods has been explicitly raised at the Security Council, and this offers a significant new opportunity for making progress on this issue in collaboration with states and inter-state bodies.
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Leading by example: The UN Human Rights Council's report on casualties in Libya

First published 20th Mar 2012

Although out of the spotlight, the intervention in Libya remains a point of contention internationally. The publication this month of the UN Human Rights Council's International Commission of Inquiry's second report provides both new information on civilian casualties and a formal call upon NATO to do its share to record them. more...

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