Lessons in War 2015: Military Use of Schools and Universities during Armed Conflict

Posted April 15, 2016

Lessons in War 2015, published by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), examines the use of schools and universities for military purposes by government armed forces and opposition or pro-government armed groups during times of armed conflict or insecurity. Schools are used for barracks, logistics bases, operational headquarters, weapons and ammunition caches, detention and interrogation centres, firing and observation positions, and recruitment grounds.

The study highlights examples of good practice, in which governments have adopted policies that explicitly ban or restrict militaries from using education facilities.

The study also calls upon states, local organisations, and relevant international agencies to rigorously monitor military use of education institutions to devise effective, coordinated responses, including preventative interventions, rapid response, and both legal and non-legal accountability measures for those individuals or groups who contravene existing laws, judicial orders, or military orders.

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Author Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack
In Publication Years: 2015
In Media Types: PDF