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International Community Must Focus On Rights Of Children, Especially In Conflicts Like Syria

“On December 10, 2013, the world will mark the 20th year of Human Rights Day. Yet the rights of the world’s children caught in armed conflicts continue to be violated with impunity,” Siddharth Chatterjee, chief diplomat at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in a Forbes opinion piece, asking, “Who is protecting the rights of these children?” He details the situation in Syria, saying it “is a microcosm of the tyranny of violence children face worldwide.” He notes, “Spurred by the United States and Russia, Syria’s groups are now preparing to meet in Geneva in January 2014 for talks on bringing about a peace.” Chatterjee continues, “Preventing further violence against children must be on the top of the agenda for this meeting. It is up to various powers to ensure this and deliver a united message to all sides of the conflict that violence against Syria’s children will not be tolerated” (12/6).