Assad targeting children - UN rights chief

Rick Moran
I didn't bother covering the "acceptance" by Syria of a "peace plan" for the simple reason that it isn't news. Assad can accept peace plans from here to next Tuesday and the violence would continue. The opposition has rejected any plan that does not include Assad's departure, so what's the point except that it makes the do-gooders at the UN feel like they're doing something.

One of those do-gooders, UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, revealed that Assad is targeting children in his crackdown.

BBC:

Ms Pillay said she believed that the UN Security Council had enough reliable information to warrant referring Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

I feel that investigation and prosecution is a crucial element to deter and call a stop to these violations," she said.

She listed what she called "horrendous" treatment of children during the unrest.

"They've gone for the children - for whatever purposes - in large numbers. Hundreds detained and tortured... it's just horrendous," she said.

"Children shot in the knees, held together with adults in really inhumane conditions, denied medical treatment for their injuries, either held as hostages or as sources of information."

Ms Pillay said anyone who committed such violations would be held to account.

"There is no statute of limitations so people like [Mr Assad] can go on for a very long time but one day they will have to face justice."

On Tuesday, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN special representative for children and armed conflict, said they had received claims that the rebel Free Syrian Army was using children as fighters.

Both sides are rather unlovely characters. Hard to know who to root for.

Meanwhile, the opposition supposedly endorsed the Syrian National Council as the group that would act as representative of the Syrian people. Within a half an hour, the opposition was back to sniping at each other, walking out, and generally proving that they are a long way from uniting behind any one group.


I didn't bother covering the "acceptance" by Syria of a "peace plan" for the simple reason that it isn't news. Assad can accept peace plans from here to next Tuesday and the violence would continue. The opposition has rejected any plan that does not include Assad's departure, so what's the point except that it makes the do-gooders at the UN feel like they're doing something.

One of those do-gooders, UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, revealed that Assad is targeting children in his crackdown.

BBC:

Ms Pillay said she believed that the UN Security Council had enough reliable information to warrant referring Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

I feel that investigation and prosecution is a crucial element to deter and call a stop to these violations," she said.

She listed what she called "horrendous" treatment of children during the unrest.

"They've gone for the children - for whatever purposes - in large numbers. Hundreds detained and tortured... it's just horrendous," she said.

"Children shot in the knees, held together with adults in really inhumane conditions, denied medical treatment for their injuries, either held as hostages or as sources of information."

Ms Pillay said anyone who committed such violations would be held to account.

"There is no statute of limitations so people like [Mr Assad] can go on for a very long time but one day they will have to face justice."

On Tuesday, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN special representative for children and armed conflict, said they had received claims that the rebel Free Syrian Army was using children as fighters.

Both sides are rather unlovely characters. Hard to know who to root for.

Meanwhile, the opposition supposedly endorsed the Syrian National Council as the group that would act as representative of the Syrian people. Within a half an hour, the opposition was back to sniping at each other, walking out, and generally proving that they are a long way from uniting behind any one group.