[This reported "news" is just more neo-liberal press bullshit, produced using "facts" from a biased UN agency, both working on the secret Imperial agenda. UN Special Rep. for children, Radhika Coomaraswamy is an old-hand in working the Imperal UN agenda, from her former inside seat on the Sri Lankan Human Rights organization, where she is most known for helping to humanize the image of the female Tamil Tigers, who, in her opinion, were moving away from the feminist neo-liberal ideals which were allegedly being defended by the Sri Lankan revolutionaries. She felt that their short haircuts, masculine looks and violent aggression promoted ideas which were the opposite of feminism (SEE: Tiger Women and the Question of Women's Emancipation ).]
“Unless feminism is linked to humanism, to non-violence, to hybridity and a celebration of life over death, it will not provide society the alternatives that we so desperately seek”.
“Rarely, have I seen such brutality against children as in Syria, where girls and boys are detained, tortured, executed, and used as human shields,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN special representative for children in armed conflict, told AFP before releasing the report, Children and armed conflict.
[The politicized report, now being elevated in the Western press to the point of unchallenged "fact" is another compilation of agenda-driven information, that has so far been gathered on the ground in Syria, from anonymous witnesses. The allegedly factual human rights violation, about the Syrian Army using children as human shields, is contained in Item#119. Item#122 reveals the source of that testimony--ONE anonymous witness. The press misinformation piece on this startling revelation continues below the references being cited.
Children and armed conflict
119. The United Nations has received reports of grave violations against children in
the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 and throughout the reporting period,
continuing into 2012. In response to the need for United Nations verified
information, my Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict sent a
technical mission to the region to conduct interviews with victims and witnesses in
refugee camps, villages and hospitals in the region in March 2012. 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 Shabbiha militia, in their ongoing conflict with the opposition, including the
Free Syrian Army (FSA). Children as young as 9 years of age were victims of
killing and maiming, arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and ill-treatment, including
sexual violence, and use as human shields.
122. "In the village of Ayn l’Arouz in March 2012, a witness stated that several dozen
children, boys and girls ranging between the ages of 8 and 13 years, were forcibly
taken from their homes. These children were subsequently reportedly used by
soldiers and militia members as human shields, placing them in front of the
windows of buses carrying military personnel into the raid on the village."
[Meanwhile, even though UN bureaucrats continue to paint the Houla massacre as mass-murder by heavy artillery, the UN investigators on the ground, who were sent to investigate have not yet claimed that the Houla massacre was committed with artillery and tanks. General Robert Mood, the head of the UNSMIS mission, tried to report the truth. The Western press cited the UNSMIS report on the massacre (which also confirmed a secondary issue, that heavy artillery has been used in the area), but they treated the two issues as one.]
The following is taken from the UN website:
An UNSMIS delegation convoy drives througn a neighbourhood of Homs in early May. UN Photo/N. Kaddoura
UNSMIS personnel“confirmed from an examination of ordnance that artillery and tank shells were fired at a residential neighbourhood,” which does not tie artillery fire to the Houla incident. It isn’t even clear what the name of the “residential neighborhood” is.
General Robert Mood, the head of UNSMIS, was also quoted as saying:
“The circumstances that led to these tragic killings are still unclear.”
“This indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force is unacceptable and unforgiveable. The killing of innocent children and civilians needs to stop.”
[Nothing there about the massacre being the result of heavy shelling, but in the lapdog press two reports become one "Atrocity."]
DAMASCUS: The United Nations on Tuesday accused Syrian troops of using children as “human shields,” as UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded access to the town of Al-Heffa amid fears of a new “massacre” by regime forces.
Branding Damascus as one of the worst offenders on its annual “list of shame” of conflict countries, the UN said in a report that Syrian children as young as nine had been victims of killing and maiming, arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and ill-treatment, including sexual violence.
“Rarely, have I seen such brutality against children as in Syria, where girls and boys are detained, tortured, executed, and used as human shields,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN special representative for children in armed conflict, told AFP before releasing the report.
Ban said in a statement meanwhile that “intensive military operations” by government forces against the central province of Homs and firing from helicopters on other towns had caused heavy civilian casualties.
Residents and activists said government helicopter gunships have strafed rebel positions in Al-Heffa, a town of 30,000 near the border with Turkey, and tanks were parked on the outskirts.
The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) said it had received reports of “a large number of civilians, including women and children trapped inside the town and are trying to mediate their evacuation.”
One Syrian activist broke down in tears as she told AFP via Skype that tanks were parked on the edge of Al-Heffa.
“They have never come this close before,” Sem Nassar said.
Nassar said there is only one doctor working to treat the wounded in the town and that most residents had fled.
Ban joined UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan in demanding that unarmed military observers from UNSMIS be let into Al-Heffa.
Such reports prompted Washington to voice concerns Assad’s regime is planning to carry out new atrocities, after the massacre of 55 people last week in Al-Kubeir and at least 108 near Houla on May 25-26.
“The United States joins joint special envoy Kofi Annan in expressing deep alarm by reports from inside Syria that the regime may be organising another massacre,” US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
Nuland said the tactics showed the Assad regime, cracking down on the most severe threat to his family’s four-decade rule, was “increasingly desperate.”
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.
The UN report said that Syrian government forces rounded up dozens of boys aged eight to 13 before an attack on the village of Ain al-Arouz in Idlib province on March 9.
The children were “used by soldiers and militia members as human shields, placing them in front of the windows of buses carrying military personnel into the raid on the village,” it said.
Quoting witnesses, the UN report said Syrian military and intelligence forces, as well as pro-government shabiha militiamen, surrounded the village for an attack that lasted more than four days.
Among the 11 dead on the first day were three boys aged 15 to 17. Another 34 people, including two boys aged 14 and 16 and a nine-year-old girl, were detained.
“Eventually, the village was reportedly left burned and four out of the 34 detainees were shot and burned, including the two boys aged 14 and 16 years,” the Children in Armed Conflict report said.
The report was completed before the Houla massacre on May 25, when 49 of the 108 victims were said to be children, some as young as two and three, who were shot in the head or had their skulls smashed with blunt instruments.
On the ground on Tuesday, 10 civilians were killed when the Al-Jbaible neighbourhood of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor was hit by mortars fired by regime forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The mortar attacks come a day after 12 people were killed, including three children, when a car bomb exploded in Al-Joura neighbourhood of Deir Ezzor, the Britain-based group said.
It said that Hreitan in the northern province of Aleppo was subjected to violent shelling on Tuesday morning, adding that clashes with rebels at the entrances to the town have led to “heavy losses among regime troops.”
Syrian army helicopters fired on rebel stronghold towns on Monday, leaving at least 106 people dead nationwide, including 77 civilians and 23 Syrian troops, activists said.
Reports of high daily death tolls are becoming the norm in Syria where over 14,000 people have been killed since the anti-regime revolt erupted in March 2011, according to the Observatory.