Delegates from more than three dozen nations are meeting in Geneva to discuss new guidelines for protecting schools and students in conflict zones. Zama Coursen-Neff, director of the Children's Division of Human Rights Watch, discussed the guidelines with Public Radio International's "The World" in the wake of the recent massacre at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
"Schools have been used as [military] training bases, as training grounds, as weapons storage sites, as sniper posts, even detention centers and torture chambers. They sometimes have nice kitchens, latrines, classrooms, where troops prefer to sleep rather than in tents in the jungle as we heard in India," she said. "But there's a failure to appreciate the real consequences of that."