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Casualty Recording Practice Study Launched in Washington, D.C.

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Elizabeth Minor
17 November 2012

On 22 October 2012, Oxford Research Group's (ORG) two-year research project into casualty recording practice was launched at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C. 

The study investigated the work of 40 casualty recorder groups and individuals, based in different conflict and post-conflict environments. It shows that, despite widespread neglect, recording casualties is practicable. USIP was the Co-Funder of our Documenting Existing Casualty Recording Practice Worldwide project, together with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

For an introduction to the findings of the study and links to its outputs, see 'Largest Ever Study of Casualty Recording Practice Announces Findings'.

The Launch Event

A recording of the launch event is available here:



Abidoun Williams, Senior Vice President of USIP’s Center for Conflict Management, introduced the event, attended by researchers, NGOs and members of US state and military institutions. Elizabeth Minor, Research Officer of the Every Casualty programme, presented a summary of the findings of the research, focusing on the Policy Paper produced from the study.

This was followed by presentations from two casualty recording practitioners, to illustrate the work and its challenges: Raed Jarrar, former Country Director of the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) in Iraq, and Jorge Restrepo, Director of the Conflict Analysis and Resource Center (CERAC) in Colombia, and a member of the ORG-facilitated International Practitioner Network (IPN).

The presentations were followed by a discussion moderated by Erica Gaston, Senior Program Officer, Rule of Law, USIP, which focused on the policy and practical implications for implementing casualty recording. A report of the event is available on the USIP website

Commentary on and Coverage of the Research Findings

Commentary and analysis on the policy paper and related issues was posted by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, NATO Watch, The Birmingham Press and Women's Views on News.

The policy paper was also posted by the International Relations and Security Network, reliefweb, the Human Security Report Project's Human Security Gateway.

Further Reading

For an introduction to the findings of the study and links to its outputs, see 'Largest Ever Study of Casualty Recording Practice Announces Findings'.

For the practice-focused outputs of the research, aimed primarily at casualty recording practitioners, see 'Good Practice in Conflict Casualty Recording: Testimony, Detailed Analysis and Recommendations From a Study of 40 Casualty Recorders'.

For the policy paper produced from the research, giving  analysis for a wider audience and recommendations from the research to states, global civil society and inter-governmental institutions, see 'Towards the Recording of Every Casualty: Policy Recommendations and Analysis From a Study of 40 Casualty Recorders'.

Image: Iraqi Mahdi Nawaf shows photographs of dead family members during a funeral ceremony in Ramadi (Press Association)

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