Human rights: what could be more British than that?

Here is the surprising story of how a British Conservative politician played a key role in creating the European Convention on Human Rights:

The animation is inspired by the life and words of David Maxwell Fyfe (1900-1967). Here is some real footage of him at work during the Nuremberg trials:

On April 2, 1946, Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe of the British Delegation cross-examined Von Ribbentrop, the Nazi Germany Foreign Minister. It was deemed one of the most striking cross-examinations of the Trial enhanced by the Aliies having a large number of captured documents. Subjects discussed included the matter of pressure on the Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg; admissions of the threat of force in Czechoslovakia; treatment of the Yugoslav partisans and relations with Great Britain.

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