There are an increasing number of organisations, many locally-based and operating in zones of current or recent conflict, working to collect, record, and memorialise the casualties of conflict. However, many have been operating in relative isolation, devising solutions in an ad-hoc manner, largely unaffected by the work that is going on elsewhere. Casualty recording practitioners have clearly expressed a need for a platform to allow productive networking with each other, and to share common problems, solutions and aspirations.
ORG facilitates and provides the leadership and administrative support for the International Practitioner Network (IPN) of casualty recording organisations. Its purpose is to empower and strengthen the effectiveness of practitioners, who often work in difficult and dangerous circumstances.
The network aims to:
- uncover and address key problems and needs of practitioners;
- accelerate the sharing and development of good practice;
- nurture an effective and credible platform for global advocacy to establish the recording of all casualties as best practice;
- increase the resilience of practitioners’ projects by linking them with peers and a set of good practices which lends authority and moral (and where necessary advocacy) support to their work.
ORG works continuously with network members to achieve these goals.
On the 25th of November 2009, the twenty founding members of the International Practitioner Network (IPN) released its first joint communiqué on the goals of and principles behind the network.
In September 2010 ORG was awarded a grant by zivik (Institute of Foreign Cultural Relations) of the German Federal Foreign Ministry to establish a new website: www.everycasualty.org, as a vehicle for on-line communication and collaboration between network members. The site contains regularly updated news and comment on casualty recording worldwide and detailed information about each network member.
In September 2011, ORG held the first conference of the IPN in London. Many IPN members have endorsed the Charter for the recognition of every casualty of armed violence, which was launched in September 2011 at the British Academy, with IPN members.
In 2013 ORG started a process to develop standards in casualty recording, in collaboration with the IPN.
Members of the practitioner network:
- Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), Explosive Violence Monitoring Project, UK
- Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Afghanistan
- Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM), Afghanistan
- Amnesty International, Pakistan Team, UK
- B'Tselem, Israel
- The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Drones Investigations Project, UK
- Centre for Study of Political Violence (CSPV), India
- Colombian Campaign Against Landmines (CCCM), Colombia
- Conflict Analysis Resource Center (CERAC), Colombia
- Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC), Pakistan
- Darfur Peace and Development, USA
- Documenta, Croatia
- Elman Peace, Mogadishu, Somalia
- Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG), Guatemala
- Handicap International, Belgium
- The Human Rights Center, Georgia
- The Humanitarian Law Centre, Kosovo
- The Humanitarian Law Centre, Serbia
- Iniskoy for Peace and Democracy Organisation, Somalia
- Insan, Lebanon
- INSEC, Nepal
- International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)
- The Institute for Conflict Management, India
- Iraq Body Count, UK
- Kaah Foundation for Community Concern, Galguduud and Mudug Regions, Somalia
- LRA Crisis Tracker, USA
- NAMRIGHTS, Namibia
- NigeriaWatch, France
- Organisation for Human Rights Activists (OHURA), Hiraan Region, Somalia
- Organization for Somalis Protection and Development (OSPAD), Somalia
- Pakistan Body Count, Pakistan
- Pak Institute For Peace Studies, Pakistan
- Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Gaza
- Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team, Peru
- The Research and Documentation Center of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Somali Human Rights Association (SOHRA), Lower Shabelle and Mogadishu, Somalia
- Syria Justice and Accountability Centre
- Syrian Shuhada
- Syria Tracker
- Tamil Information Centre, UK
Further information about each organisation can be found at: www.everycasualty.org/practice/ipn/members
If you are a casualty recorder and are interested in joining the network we would be very happy to hear from you. Please contact Hana Salama, Networks Officer, who can also be contacted for more general information about this project firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamit Dardagan is the Co-Director of the Every Casualty programme at Oxford Research Group (ORG). He became ORG’s Consultant on Civilian Casualties in War in 2007. In 2002, he...
John Sloboda is Co-Director with Hamit Dardagan of Oxford Research Group's (ORG) Every Casualty programme. From 2004 to 2009 he was Executive Director of ORG.
He is also Emeritus...