Release Caged Civilians Used as Human Shields

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Target: Stephane Dujarric, United Nations Spokesman for the Secretary-General

Goal: Release hundreds of civilians being caged in Syria and charge the rebel group responsible for the violation.

Hundreds of people are being kidnapped and caged by armed groups in Syria in order to shield rebel groups from attacks. Hostage taking and offenses against personal dignity constitute a war crime. Action must be taken against the rebel group responsible for committing these offenses.

Syrians are facing unstable times as their country is overtaken by violence and destruction. Currently, soldiers and civilians are being put in large metal cages and positioned as human shields to protect rebel groups. According to Human Rights Watch, a video was posted showing the cages being transported around Eastern Ghoutta and set up outside buildings. Each cage carried about five people, including women and detained soldiers. There are reportedly a total of a hundred cages and plans to bring in more. This is the second time that the caging of Syrian detainees has been reported. Government forces often attack rebel groups as well as attack marketplaces and residential areas. However, there is no excuse for such barbaric means of protection for these groups.

International laws are in place to monitor violations like these when a country is not in the condition to do so itself. This incident in Eastern Ghoutta violates international law and must be charged in International Criminal Court. Demand that hostages be released and an investigation, along with legal action, be carried out against the rebel group.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Dujarric,

Syrian civilians are being kidnapped, caged, and forced to serve as human shields. A rebel group is using this strategy to protect themselves against possible government attacks. Due to the taking of hostages and outrage against personal dignity, the situation is grounds for being charged as a war crime.

It has been reported that a hundred cages are being loaded with men and women, some of whom are detained soldiers. The cages are positioned outside of locations that hold the rebel group. The Syrian people are living through an extremely unstable time for their nation with government attacks, limited food access, and lack of clean water. These circumstances are now intensified by the fear of being kidnapped and imprisoned. This is the second report of such occurrences happening in Syria to detainees.

Since there are laws in place to prevent circumstances like this, they should be enforced and the hostages released. Help the caged hostages and punish the rebel group responsible for these outrageous acts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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