International law for casualty recorders

These resources are intended for casualty recorders who may not have a legal background, or are not familiar with the specific international law provisions relating to casualty recording.

Casualty Recording in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

This report from ECC provides an overview of all international humanitarian and human rights law relevant to states’ casualty recording obligations.

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International human rights law in armed conflict

This publication from OHCHR provides a useful guide to the application of international human rights law and humanitarian law in situations of armed conflict. It explains the relationship between the two fields of law, and how they complement each other.

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ATTRIBUTING INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW IN UNITED NATIONS COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY, FACT-FINDING MISSIONS AND OTHER INVESTIGATIONS

Attributing individual responsibility for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law

This guidance document from OHCHR covers issues relating to the identification of individual persons responsible for human rights violations and other international crimes. It includes advice on information collection, legal and investigative challenges, and storage and management of data. It also advises on how to maximise the use of this evidence.

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Management of the dead from the Islamic law and international humanitarian law perspectives

This ICRC document is a discussion paper, not practical guidance. However, it provides pertinent analysis of issues concerning Islamic law on management of the dead in contemporary armed conflicts. These issues include quick or collective burial, exhumation of human remains, autopsy, burial at sea, and handling of the bodies by the opposite sex. It may be useful reading for casualty recorders working among Muslim populations.

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