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    The post Second World War Nurenburg tribunal saw the "international institution of a juridical concept such as the 'crime against humanity'. There was a 'performative' event of a scope still difficult to interpret." (Derrida 2001:29) This is an important thinking 'about' or with-'in' complicity, so a long quotation;

"Even if words like 'crime against humanity' now circulate in everyday language. [sic] That event itself was produced and authorised by an international community on a date and according to a figure determined by its history. This overlaps but is not confounded with the history of a reaffirmation of human rights, or a new Declaration of Human Rights. This sort of transformation structured the theatrical space in which the grand forgiveness, the grand scene of repentance which we are concerned with, is played, sincerely or not. Often it has, in its very theatricality, the traits of a grand convulsion - dare we say a frenetic compulsion? No. It also responds, fortunately to a 'good' movement. However, the simulacra, the automatic ritual, hypocrisy, calculation, or mimicry are often a part, and invite parasites to this ceremony of culpability. Here is a humanity shaken by a movement which would like itself to be unanimous; here is a human race which would claim to accuse itself all at once, publicly and spectacularly, of all the crimes committed in effect by itself against itself, 'against humanity'. For if we were to begin to accuse ourselves, in asking forgiveness, of all the crimes of the past against humanity, there would no longer be an innocent person on earth - and therefore no one in the position to judge or arbitrate. We are all heir, at least, to persons or events marked, in an essential, interior, ineffaceable fashion, by crimes against humanity. Sometimes these events, these massive, organised, cruel murders, which may have been revolutions, great canonic and 'legitimate' Revolutions, were the very ones which permitted the emergence of concepts like those of human rights, or the crime against humanity." (Derrida 2001:29-30)  
 
 
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