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Jordan gave the Arab world two reasons to be proud this week. One was the nomination of the film "Theeb" for an Academy Award, and the other was the statement to the 31st session of the U.N. Human Rights Council by Prince Zeid Raad Al-Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.Many people, understandably, are skeptical that an Arab prince could contribute seriously to promoting international human rights protections, given the Arab world's very poor record in this arena. Prince Zeid's powerful cry for the countries of the world to work more seriously to implement existing mechanisms to protect all people from abuse and danger included three important elements.He honestly criticized the stupidity, immorality and futility of xenophobic responses to cross-border flows of refugees. The resulting millions – millions, not thousands – of helpless civilians fleeing desperately to find basic protections and life needs is all too visible.I hope that wise and powerful leaders around the world will now figure out how to make that happen, whether through the Security Council or any other mechanism.
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