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“The Nuremberg Principles are abstracted from the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals who justified their acts as following orders, a justification the world refused to accept. ‘The fact that a person acted pursuant to an order of his government or of a superior does not relieve him of responsibility under international law, provided that a moral choice was in fact possible for him,’ says the fourth Nuremberg principle. These principles remove us from the shelter of authority – of doing what we do because we are told to do it – and put us in the roofless territory of individual conscience.”

– Rebecca Solnit, Savage Dreams


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