NEW YORK, 29 November 2012 – Following reports by Human Rights Watch and others this week that Syrian children are being killed and maimed by cluster bombs and used as fighters and guards, UNICEF renews its plea to all parties in this conflict that children be protected at all times.
“It is more than disturbing – it is outrageous and unacceptable to see the rights of children being violated in these ways,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “The longer this goes on, the more lasting the damage to children, to their future and thus the future of Syria itself.”
UNICEF is working in Syria and four neighbouring countries to deliver essential needs and supplies to hundreds of thousands of children and family members.
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Crowe, Spokesperson for the Executive Director,
Tel + 1 212 326 7206 / Mobile + 1 646 209 1590,
Peter Smerdon, UNICEF New York,
Tel + 1 212 303 7984 / Mobile: + 1 917 213 5188,
Simon Ingram, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa,
Tel + 962 79 590 4740,