Weapons, casualty recording and victims rights
On 15 April, on the margins of the 2013 Intersessional Meeting of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), Article 36 in conjunction with Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) held a side-event on “Weapons, casualty recording and victim’s rights.”
Attended by some 75 delegates from states, international organisations and civil society, the briefing was chaired by Caroline Woergoetter of the Austrian Mission to Geneva and saw presentations by Loren Persi of the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, Serena Olgiati of AOAV, and Richard Moyes from Article 36. Loren presented on the development and ongoing challenges around data on casualties resulting from landmines and cluster munitions. Serena discussed how data on the impact of violence was an important basis for violence reduction programmes across a range of contexts. Richard’s presentation focused on the casualty data as an essential element of victim’s rights and as a basis for movements to reform the policy and legal controls over weapons.
Article 36 distributed a short flyer to participants calling on states to raise the importance of casualty recording in discussions under the framework of the CCM.