Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.
Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person.
In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law.
Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression.
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Every natural or legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions.
No person shall be denied the right to education.
(Each country should hold) free elections at reasonable intervals by secret ballot, under conditions which will ensure the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of the legislature.
Sound familiar? That’s a truncated version of a statement drafted by British lawyers, championed by Winston Churchill and signed by the UK in 1952. It’s called the European Convention on Human Rights.