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Germany: Queen Rania of Jordan criticises language that dehumanises refugees02:50

Germany: Queen Rania of Jordan criticises language that dehumanises refugees

Germany, Berlin
September 17, 2015 at 05:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Queen Rania al-Abdullah of Jordan warned against the “danger” of using "blunt pejoratives, like 'invaders' or 'marauding foreigners'" to describe refugees, during a ceremony in which she was bestowed the Walther Rathenau award by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday.

“These labels do not begin to describe the horror refugees have endured,” and “such language influences the way we think,” added the Queen. The rebuke invokes the negative language used recently by prominent British and Hungarian politicians, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, to describe incoming refugees.

Merkel, whose speech preceded her majesty’s, took the opportunity to take aim at a minority of Germans “who try and incite hatred, to call for violence against refugees, even setting fire to their residences.” The chancellor stated that these people “show disrespect for our values, take aim at our freedom” and that “we are using all the resolve and the means at our disposal that our legal system has to offer in order to combat this.”

Queen Raina was honoured with the Walther Rathenau award for her commitment to peace and understanding between countries and regions.

Germany: Queen Rania of Jordan criticises language that dehumanises refugees02:50
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Queen Rania al-Abdullah of Jordan warned against the “danger” of using "blunt pejoratives, like 'invaders' or 'marauding foreigners'" to describe refugees, during a ceremony in which she was bestowed the Walther Rathenau award by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday.

“These labels do not begin to describe the horror refugees have endured,” and “such language influences the way we think,” added the Queen. The rebuke invokes the negative language used recently by prominent British and Hungarian politicians, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, to describe incoming refugees.

Merkel, whose speech preceded her majesty’s, took the opportunity to take aim at a minority of Germans “who try and incite hatred, to call for violence against refugees, even setting fire to their residences.” The chancellor stated that these people “show disrespect for our values, take aim at our freedom” and that “we are using all the resolve and the means at our disposal that our legal system has to offer in order to combat this.”

Queen Raina was honoured with the Walther Rathenau award for her commitment to peace and understanding between countries and regions.