U.N. investigators say Syrian troops are armoring their vehicles with children in order to deter enemy fire. A report on children and armed conflict also says Syrian authorities are torturing children and the opposition may be recruiting minors.
The UN special representative, Radhika Coomaraswamy, told the BBC her team had returned from Syria with “horrific” reports.
She said she had never seen a similar situation where children were not spared - and even targeted - in a conflict.
[...] “We also had testimonies and saw children who had been tortured, and who carried the torture marks with them. We also heard of children being used - this was recounted to us by some children - of being put on tanks and being used as human shields so that the tanks would not be fired upon.”