Syria needs to heed warnings from the international community about the torture of children, and about the crackdown on anti-government protesters in general. The country is in a delicate state with violence running rampant. Thousands upon thousands have died in this battle, including many children at home, school or in detention centers. These children are being detained in inhumane places, tortured with cigarettes, electrocution, punches and more. Just last week 11 members of a family, including five children, were executed in their home.

This amount of violence needs to stop. These human rights violations need to come to an end. They are at a point of no return, and the international community has had enough. The United Nations is drafting a “European-Arab draft resolution endorsing an Arab League plan for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power,” according to the article.

If this comes to fruition, hopefully the Syrian nation can make a swift transition and usher in a new age in its history, where protest is not met with violence.

Related article.

National Post | News

UNITED NATIONS — Children as young as 13 are a particular target in the “rampant” use of torture by Syrian government forces battling opposition protests, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Friday.

The United Nations says hundreds of children have been killed in the crackdown over the past 10 months, and the rights group highlighted cases of children shot in their homes or on the street, or grabbed from schools.

It documented 12 cases of children tortured in detention centers and said many more may have suffered similar treatment.

“In many cases, security forces have targeted children just as they have targeted adults,” said Lois Whitman, children’s rights director at the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The group’s report said more than 100 people who had been held by security forces “described rampant use of torture in detention centers against even the youngest detainees, even beyond the 12…

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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