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Angelina Jolie calls on world leaders to reject fear

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie underlined the need to keep fighting against the "rising tide of nationalism masquerading as patriotism" as she delivered a United Nations speech in Switzerland.

The 'Maleficent' star addressed attendees at the Annual Sergio Vieira de Mello Memorial Lecture at the United Nations Assembly Hall in Geneva, where she expressed the importance of inclusion and internationalism at a time when political and social tensions in the US and Europe are at an all-time high.

Speaking in her role as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the actress called for people to "keep the flame of internationalism alive".

"I am a proud American and I am an internationalist. I believe anyone committed to human rights is. It means seeing the world with a sense of fairness and humility and recognising our own humanity in the struggles of others. It stems from a love of one's country, but not at the expense of others,” said Jolie."From patriotism, but not from narrow nationalism. And that a strong nation, like a strong person, helps others to rise up and be independent," she added.

Jolie warned top politicians against turning on organisations like the UN. "As a citizen, I find myself looking out for a global environment that seems more troubling and uncertain than any time in my lifetime," she continued.

"We are grappling with a level of conflict and insecurity that seems to exceed our capability, with more refugees than ever before, with new wars erupting on top of existing conflicts. We see a rising tide in nationalism masquerading as patriotism and the reemergence of policies encouraging fear and hatred of others."

Jolie, 41, then made an apparent reference to the election of Republican leader Donald Trump as US President, who has drawn controversy for his immigration policies, including a new travel ban preventing travellers from six Muslim-majority nations.

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