Installation commemorating the 300,000 civilians killed in the Nanjing massacre, China

Our Mission

To ensure that every life lost to armed violence is identified correctly, recorded effectively, and recognised and remembered appropriately.

Casualty recording is the process of documenting every death in a particular armed conflict, region or context. The aim is to identify every victim individually and, where possible, the circumstances of their death.

We believe that:

  • Every human being is born free and equal in dignity and rights.
  • Human dignity should never be compromised, even in death.
  • The way we remember, and respect, our dead is central to our humanity.
  • Each and every life lost to armed violence must be recorded.
  • Casualty recorders are human rights defenders.
  • We cannot achieve our mission alone.
Credit: Photo by Nasser Nasser/AP/Shutterstock (10501014b) An activist works on a memorial mural with names of protesters killed in the anti government protests, at the Tahrir square, in Baghdad, Iraq. 10 Dec 2019

Every Casualty Counts coordinates the Casualty Recorders Network, the primary global network for casualty recorders around the world.

We also promote a global set of Standards for Casualty Recording and undertake international level advocacy, in order to enhance the policy, practice and legal standing of casualty recording.