June 12th, 2012
04:37 AM ET

Rights group: Torture and killings of Syrian children must stop

A human rights group has implored the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on the Syrian regime "in response to widespread killings and other grave violations against children."

Human Rights Watch also said the council should impose targeted sanctions such as asset freezes and travel bans on the Syrian leadership.

In a statement this week, the rights group said at least 1,176 children have been killed since February 2011, according to the Syria Violations Documentation Center, a network of Syrian activists.

HRW cited a Security Council report from April that included claims that the Syrian regime used children as human shields as well as allegations that rebel forces, such as the rebel Free Syrian Army, had recruited and listed children as fighters.

Free Syrian Army officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the accusation. The Syrian regime, meanwhile, has long blamed violence in the country on "armed terrorist groups."


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  1. ♚Mmmmm♛

    ....you'rrrre asking the same united nations who supports and condone killing helpless children in the womb to be concerned about killing helpless children outside the womb???

    June 12, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. ♚Mmmmm♛

    united nations of baby killers...

    June 12, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. monkeyjunction

    The fight for the lives of unborn children in te US is being fought. Are the lives of innocent Syrian children any less important. C'mon @Mmmmm...get your head out of your ricksantorum and try to focus.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      nsaidiot why do keep deleting my comment reagard the u.n....even the founder of cnn, ted turner, who has 5 FIVE five kids...believes in the extermination of the masses to reduced the population...stop being a hypocrite like your boss...and united nations...

      June 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Afro Zombie Race War

    You have to understand, these people LOVE this kind of thing over there. Why would they want to stop?

    June 12, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ afro zombie, how do you know what these people love over there? How many syrians have YOU talked to that told you this???

    June 12, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stu Nahan

    Arab spring anti christ muslim brotherhood

    June 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pete

    Assad will again claim its hostel rebels and deaths among children are just collateral damage,he's not involved ,why should he care.None of these children are related to him so,out of sight,out of mind,its that easy for this dictator,he cares more about his socks than his citizens,much like his late father who started a coup to become the sons original mentor.He also killed thousands of innocents to achive his power,turning on his own people,the ones that got him there...

    June 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |