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Angelina Jolie tears off the ‘mask’ of rising far-right

PTI
Published : Mar 17, 2017, 2:51 am IST
Updated : Mar 17, 2017, 6:46 am IST

Speaking in her role as a special envoy for the UNHCR, the actress called for people to “keep the flame of internationalism alive”.

Actor and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie attends the annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation in Geneva. (Photo: AFP)
 Actor and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie attends the annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation in Geneva. (Photo: AFP)

Los Angeles: 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, according to Vanity Fair.

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.”

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 conflict. We are seeing a rising tide in nationalism masquerading as patriotism and the reemergence of policies encouraging fear and hatred of others.”

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