Recording and analysing data on the casualties of conflict and armed violence can improve the protection of civilians and save lives. This is the conclusion of two reports released today by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) and the Oxford Research Group (ORG).
The reports, Counting The Cost: casualty recording practices and realities around the world (AOAV) and The UN and Casualty Recording: good practice and the need for action (ORG) reveal that the rigorous, transparent and routine recording of deaths and injuries of armed violence, by both states and the United Nations, can improve humanitarian responses, allow for redress for victims, and reduce civilian casualties in conflicts. They do so by providing critical data that can result in action from conflict parties and others to protect civilians.
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