U.N. Human Rights Chief Claims Syrian Forces Targeting Children

In an interview with the BBC, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay reported that Syrian forces were deliberately attacking children during the more than year-long uprising. According to Pillay, Syrian forces had “gone for the children – for whatever purposes – in large numbers,” and that hundreds have been “detained and tortured.” Pillay also believed that the U.N. had sufficient evidence to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for its actions, claiming that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must have approved these actions and could order a halt. Despite agreement on a U.N.-backed peace plan, reports indicate that Syrian forces are still on the attack against rebel fighters.

Zachary Bernstein