News & views | 23 November 2016 | by Wilbert van der Zeijden0
Standards for Casualty Recording
Today, EveryCasualty.org launches the first ever Standards for Casualty Recording. PAX is a supporter of the work of Every Casualty, because we know from our own work how important it is during and after conflict to know who died and to understand the circumstances that led to anyone’s death. There is a 2nd launch event planned in London on 8 December.
Read the EveryCasualty commentary on the importance of standards for casualty recording.
For PAX, it’s a no-brainer. Knowing how many people died in conflict is not enough. We need to know who died and how. This is crucial for survivors, who seek certainty about the fate of loved ones. It’s important for communities, as truth – however horrifying – is the basis for overcoming the trauma of conflict and for seeking justice and eventual reconciliation. It is important for the international community as well. It helps us understand the dynamics of a conflict and it helps us identifying if and how we should intervene to protect civilians or help end the violence. And finally, it helps keeping warring states and non-state actors from using the ‘fog of war’ as a pretext to violate international law and standards.
PAX congratulates Every Casualty and its partners on the establishment of what we expect will become the shared understanding of the standardised way recording of casualties in conflict should be done.