The Every Casualty Counts team is in Geneva this week (20-24 March 2023) attending the UN Human Rights Council’s 52nd session.
We are there to promote and advance the vital work that casualty recorders undertake. We are also advocating for stronger recognition and enforcement of states’ legal obligation to record, recognise and remember the civilian casualties of armed conflict.
As part of our consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) we are able to deliver statements, in person, at the Council session.
Joining forces with the following members of our Casualty Recorders Network:
- The Amhara Association of America
- The Syrian Network for Human Rights
- Tigray War Project at Ghent University
- The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
as well as The Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran, we have delivered statements regarding the situation of casualty recording in Iran, Ukraine, Syria and Ethiopia.
Each statement highlights the particular obstacles to ensuring casualties are recorded in each country and raises questions about how the international community can approach the situation more effectively.