Tuesday, June 12, 2012

UN Notices Syria Uses Children As Human Shields

The UN appears to have temporarily awoken and noticed that someone in the Middle East is using children as human shields besides Hamas.

In this case, the UN has come out with a report on Syria's use of children as human shields against the rebel forces:
The report said children were being tortured in detention, forced to fight, made victims of sexual violence and executed.

The UN's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict named Syria as one of the worst offenders on its annual "list of shame" of conflict countries.

"In almost all recorded cases, children were among the victims of military operations by government forces, including the Syrian armed forces, the intelligence forces and the shabiha militia, in their ongoing conflict with the opposition, including the Free Syrian Army," the report stated.

Human rights groups estimate that about 1,200 children have died during the 15-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, whose brutal crackdown on Arab Spring-inspired protests has been widely condemned.

"Rarely, have I seen such brutality against children as in Syria, where girls and boys are detained, tortured, executed, and used as human shields," said Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN special representative for children in armed conflict.
Hopefully, the UN will do more about this abuse of children in Syria than it has about the use of human shields by Hamas.

Perhaps the UN could stop sponsoring the Palestinian NGO, the Burj Luq-Luq Social Center Society organization, which performed a puppet show for children in East Jerusalem to promote non-smoking--telling them to replace their cigarettes with guns:

Puppet: I wanted to stand before the audience and sing to Jerusalem, which is being kept from us. Jerusalem, whose youth are being killed by the Jews, to sing and to say:
Jerusalem, we are coming, Jerusalem, the time of death has arrived.
Jerusalem, we will not surrender to the enemies or be humiliated.
Apparently, it is politically correct to condemn Syria for using children as human shields.
Hamas, not so much.

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