Jordan's queen urges more global response to help Rohingya

The first phase of the campaign to protect the Rohingyas and host communities from the diarrhoeal disease was launched on October 10. Reuters File

"Thousands still enter on a daily basis". Rania said in a statement Monday.

Queen Rania, who visited a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on Monday, spoke of the "shocking escalation of violence" against Rohingya and urged the global community to step in.

Myanmar considers the Rohingya to be stateless, although they trace their presence in the country back generations.

Khaled al-Jarallah, deputy foreign minister of Kuwait which co-hosted the meeting, called on Myanmar authorities to "cease the practice of stripping the Rohingya minority of their right of citizenship, which as a result deprives them of the right to property and employment".

Almost 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state and arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 to avoid persecution that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.

The conference, co-hosted by the European Union and the government of Kuwait, and co-organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration aims to raise the necessary resources to address the most urgent needs of the Rohingya population, who sought refugee in Bangladesh after the military crackdown in Myanmar. "Why has this systematic persecution been allowed to play out for so long?"

We applaud the Government of Bangladesh's generosity in responding to this severe humanitarian crisis and appreciate its continued efforts to ensure assistance reaches people in need.

The EU has reiterated the need for an end to violence, including for the Myanmar authorities to cease military operations; on full humanitarian access to all humanitarian aid workers, including for the United Nations and worldwide NGOs; and for the government to establish a credible and practical process for the voluntary return of all those who fled their homes to their places of origin.

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