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Jordan’s Queen Rania denounces ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya

Jordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah on Monday called on the international community to respond “effectively, quickly, and generously” to alleviate the suffering of the Rohingya, decrying global inaction in the face of “what many are acknowledging now as an ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims.”

“With no respect or regard for the principles of humanitarian and international law, the discrimination against and the persecution of the Rohingya minority has continued unabated, in full view of the world,” she said.

Queen Rania made the remarks to the press during a visit to the Kutupalong Refugee Camp and its surrounding in Cox’s Bazar district.

She reached Cox’s Bazar directly in the morning to see the Rohingya situation on the ground. State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam received her. State Minister of Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki was also present.

The Queen spoke of the “shocking escalation of violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar,” which has caused over 600,000 Muslim Rohingya to flee from Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August.

“One has to ask, why is the plight of this Muslim minority group being ignored? Why has this systematic persecution been allowed to play out for so long?” she added.

In her capacity as a board member of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and as an advocate of the work of UN humanitarian agencies, she toured the Kutupalong Refugee Camp, meeting with several Rohingya women and children, who recently crossed into Bangladesh from Rakhine State in Myanmar.

Describing their stories of “unimaginable acts of violence,” Queen Rania mentioned’ accounts of Rohingya children orphaned, women brutalised, family members butchered, and villages burned.

“Before coming here, I had braced myself to witness some desperate conditions, but the stories I heard today were heartbreaking and harrowing,” she said.

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