June 12th, 2012
06:40 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Syrian military using children as human shields

Today U.N. Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous said the escalating violence in Syria can now be considered a full-scale civil war. And an alarming new U.N. report outlines the brutality against children at the hands of Bashar al-Assad's forces. Syria was added to the "list of shame" of countries and groups that recruit, kill or sexually abuse children in armed conflicts.

The U.N. special envoy for children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy said, "Children as young as 9 years of age were victims of killing and maiming, detention, torture, arbitrary arrest and were used as human shields by the Syrian government forces, including the Syrian armed forces, the intelligence forces and the shabiha militia."

Photojournalist Robert King has documented the suffering of children in one town located in Syria's Homs province. He told Anderson that in all his work as a war photographer, he's never seen anything like it. Watch a preview and see the full interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Syria
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Fatina

    So now we have confirmed that the Syrian regime committed crimes against humanity. What is humanity going to do about it.
    Should we wait until we call it genocide? or until we have another Bosnia.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:55 am |
  2. Jose Montane

    Why doesn't the Arab league do something to help the people in Syria.. News doesn't cover this question.. The United States should not be responsible to fix Syria.

    June 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  3. Griff

    "it always comes down to this, when the world get's further involved, but the world is to busy going anti-clock wise, to notice what they passed!"

    June 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm |