The drama of children in Syria
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The drama of children in Syria

Damascus : Syria | Jun 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM PDT
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Syrian children used as human shields by Syrian army soldiers (my response)

In Syria, even 10-year-old children, are tortured and killed in the collective executions on a scale unprecedented in other conflicts. They are also used, by forces of the regime as human shields to protect against opposition-alerts the latest report of the United Nations.

As informed the Special Envoy of the United Nations, children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, many former soldiers report that targets the areas inhabited, by Syrian civilians occurs despite the presence of children, who are killed or mutilated.

-We met also with relationships, and we saw children who were tortured and that had traces of torture. We hear from the children themselves about the cases of placing them on armored and use as living shields, so that the tanks does not fall under the fire-from the forces of the opposition-is said the UN in a conversation with the BBC.

In the annual report, of the United Nations have said witnesses who told of the degradation of children by force from the homes of family, that then-located on the front of buses carrying soldiers and members of the militia pacify village-protect them before the fire.

At the same time, the exposure of children to the danger of Coomaraswamy denounces the opposition Free the Syrian Army, composed mainly of deserters with forces of the regime. -The first time, was about children recruited by the Syrian Army Surplus, mainly for medical purposes and logistics, but however, the line of the front-to the attention of.

Radhika Coomaraswamy stated that dismal children in Syria, where from 15 months ... rise against President Baszar al-Assad, is unprecedented even in the zones of other conflicts. -The shocking, for us. The killing and mutilation of children contained in the crossfire fighting parties face in many conflicts, but torture even 10-year children in custody are not common-pointed out is the United Nations. Added that children below 10. year of life were also among the victims of the recent collective executions, the UN "not faced elsewhere".

Provided that the children themselves say about the cases of beating, the ties of the eyes, whipping, burn by cigarettes; in one case, at the time of the hearing, the child have been a shocked by electricity.

Despite international efforts, diplomatic in Syria on a daily basis there are bloodshed. Opposition activists allege that Asad intentionally attacking civilians, while the regime in Damascus about violence denounces "armed gangs". Syrian Observatory of human rights claims that were already more than 14 thousand.

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United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy
United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy
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