Casualty recorders should provide information about political or other affiliations which might compromise their commitment to being inclusive in their recording.
In many conflicts, casualty recording initiatives may be born from the desire to hold certain. Casualty recorders should however not use this principle to avoid disclosing information about their organisation. When there is a security reason that prevents a casualty recorder from providing the level of transparency about their organisation that would be required to – for example the nature of its sources – it is advisable for the casualty recorder to be open about it. Regardless of any affiliations, casualty recorders should have an inclusive methodology which encompasses all individuals killed no matter their political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious or gender affiliation, and no matter which party to a conflict is known or suspected to have killed them. It is important to be open about what could be construed by others as a bias. All political and other affiliations of an organisation should therefore be openly declared.
Standards for Casualty Recording, 2016, pp. 13-14