Angelina Jolie is Special Envoy to High Commissioner. In her speech “Refugee system breaking down”, she says:
“We would fail the basic test of humanity if we discriminate between refugees on the basis of religion, race or ethnicity. When I meet a refugee I do not see a Muslim refugee or a Christian refugee or a Yezidi. I see a mother or a father a son or a daughter. A person with an equal right to stand in dignity on this planet.”
We are not failing the basic test of humanity if we discriminate between people on the basis of where they are born??
So when you meet a refugee you “do not see a Muslim refugee or a Christian refugee or a Yezidi,” but you see a Syrian refugee or a Vietnamese refugee? Or when you look at two men, you see a Muslim refugee or a Muslim migrant?
What do you see when you see a migrant? A Syrian migrant or a Vietnamese migrant? You don't see a mother or a father a son or a daughter when you look at migrants?
How is a person's position and ability to move around the world s/he is born determined? By the geographic area s/he was born. A Pakistani baby does not have an equal right as a British baby to stand in dignity on this planet. Is that fine with you?
I understand Angelina Jolie represents an official organization that embodies the status quo; therefore, she cannot stray away from their discourse. However, I somehow feel she is quite sincere when saying this, she is just not aware that she falls short of seeing the complete picture thus falling from that small crevice into the injustice abyss.
Unfortunately, as such, she too, fails the basic test of humanity.