Every Casualty pursues two complementary lines of effort to help bring about its objective of a world where no casualty of armed violence is left unrecorded: a practitioner-oriented practice and a normative policy stream.
It practices stream is supporting casualty recording organisations and their work through the nurture and development of a professional association of casualty recorders, the Casualty Recorders Network (formerly the International Practitioner Network), and by conducting formal research into methods that will document, codify and assist in drawing out a set of casualty recording standards from current practice.
Its policy stream is promoting casualty recording as an international obligation on states as laid out in the Every Casualty Campaign call and in more detail in the Charter for the recognition of every casualty of armed violence, supported by original research into existing legal obligations under international law, and in partnership with a wide range of humanitarian, human rights and peace-building NGOs and other actors, including its Campaign partners.
These efforts support and enhance each other. For instance, documenting practice as currently carried out by practitioners around the world assists the policy stream's advocacy for better state support by showing that good work is possible under widely varying conditions. Promotion of casualty recording as a norm provides opportunities for joint advocacy by practitioners, giving them a stronger voice and raising the profile, acceptance and recognition of the work they carry out.
Most importantly, continuing interactions between the practice and policy streams will ensure that proposed obligations on states are feasible, not just desirable.
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