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The attack on a Peshawar school shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need to protect civilians in the area, says Amnesty.
The CEO of Human Rights Watch has urged those looking to military action against Syria to examine more carefully civilian protection and international law.
The Malian army has committed serious human rights breaches plus violations of international humanitarian law, say human rights groups.
All parties to the armed conflict in Mali must ensure civilians are protected, Amnesty International has urged as attacks by French forces continue.
Reformed church leaders are seeking renewed efforts to protect civilians in Colombia from violence, and a reduction in global arms production.