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12/13/2020tags: human rightsRick Halperin is director of the Human Rights Program at SMU Dallas.

Thursday, December 10, 1948 was a bookend of a sort: one of the results of the war was the inaugural International Human Rights Day.

Attempts at justice had begun with the formation of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, and both the Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes trials.

Defendants were convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against the peace, and their frequent defense of “I was only following orders” was dismissed as unacceptable.

Dec. 10 commemorates International Human Rights Day, marking the signing of, and near-global commitment to, the paradigm-changing Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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