'You have a very important story for the peace of the world'
Father Moritz Fuchs
to David Maxwell Fyfe's grandson Tom Blackmore at Nuremberg 70
'One of the most beautiful things I've ever heard...sublime'
'If our unfortunate generation has proved one thing it has demonstrated that the barbarian is not behind us but always underneath us ready to rise up.'
David Maxwell Fyfe
IN THE RUN UP TO NOVEMBER 2020
We will perform our song cycle
the two anniversaries
of the birth of human rights
& to respond to present threats to the Convention and other protections to human rights
And we will reach out
to share our story
so that others will share theirs.
in drafting the ECHR was key.
In certain ways, in his very person
he also provided a living link between the Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
just as the Universal Declaration reflected the insights and experiences of men and women
who had just witnessed
and in some cases
had been personally devastated
by the events of the second world war so the text of the European Convention was moulded by a man
who had been indelibly affected
by the same epoch making events .’
A Magna Carta for all Humanity published Routledge 2015