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The Casualties of Ukraine: an invitation to a discussion in the UK Houses of Parliament (4th July 4pm)

Action on Armed Violence and the Explosive Threats APPG would like to invite you to a round table discussion on casualty recording in Ukraine, to be held at the Houses of Parliament on the 4th of July from 4pm to 6pm.

If you are interested in attending, please complete this Google Form. If you are unable to attend in person, a link to the recording will be sent out following the event. Please do register so that you can be included on the mailing list.

The discussion will take place in the IPU room, accessed from the Cromwell Green visitor’s entrance.
Please arrive 15-20 minutes early, to leave time for your security check and registration at the Visitor’s Desk, in Westminster Hall. 

We advise that you bring identification documents with you. 

Casualty recording in Ukraine: what are the challenges and necessities of recording civilian casualties in the current war?

The conflict in Ukraine clearly highlights the burden shouldered by civilians in war and the data emerging from Ukraine is unprecedented in terms of volume and detail.

Based on incident-specific English-language news reports, AOAV itself has recorded 3,951 civilian casualties from explosive weapons use alone from 24 February to 08 June 2022.

The Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) has also recorded 9,444 civilian casualties from 4 a.m. on 24 February 2022 to 24:00 midnight on 7 June 2022 (local time).

Outlets such as Reuters, Kyiv Independent, and Ukrinform report multiple times a day on both specific incidents and casualties over time, providing information on deaths and injuries, as well as gender, age, and location, where possible.

Tracking and recording civilian casualties of armed violence, disaggregated by gender, age, and location, amongst others, is a pivotal element in the push for better protection of civilians and greater accountability for civilian harm. Patterns emerging from such databases can generate a better understanding of the specific civilian harms caused by specific weapon types in specific locations, thus informing prevention and response strategies as well as military operational policies.

In Ukraine, casualty recording is furthermore allowing prosecutors to build cases against Russia for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and strengthening the civil society push to restrict the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Please join us on the 4th July to hear more about the challenges and the potentials in casualty recording in Ukraine – and accountability in war.


Speakers

Opening remarks by Henry Smith MP.

  • Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the non-profit organization The Center for Civil Liberties in Kyiv, on the Russian atrocities witnessed in Ukraine
  • Iain Overton, CEO of Action on Armed Violence, about the quantifiable impact of violence on civilians in Ukraine
  • Professor Erica Charters, from the University of Oxford, on the historical framings of casualty recording
  • Susan Breau, Professor of International Law, University of Victoria Canada and Board member of Every Casualty Counts, on the importance of Britain’s role in developing a legal framework for casualty recording in order to secure accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the war in Ukraine.  

If you are interested in attending, please complete this Google Form.

If you are unable to attend in person, a link to the recording will be sent out following the event. Please do register so that you can be included on the mailing list.

If you have any questions, please email c.torelli@aoav.org.uk.