For the past 60 years, the European Convention on Human Rights has protected our rights: the right to freedom, to a fair trial, and simply the right to life. It symbolises the countless advances made by the Council of Europe in promoting democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law throughout Europe.
The Convention helps improve the daily lives of the millions of Europeans placed under its protection in the 47 Council of Europe member states, just as it outlaws torture, discrimination, capital punishment and all the patent violations of human rights that the European Court of Human Rights unfailingly denounces.
This exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights with a series of portraits and scenes of everyday life: a mosaic of individual situations illustrating both the enjoyment and the deprivation of our most cherished rights and freedoms.
All through this narrative sequence, human forms and faces take centre stage, thereby bringing our rights to life. Each of these 12 panels represents an article of the Convention. Together, they form the pages of an open book on our most symbolic rights. The Convention is a living instrument that must be constantly enriched to meet the new challenges facing our societies.
The European Union’s accession to the Convention should, in the years ahead, open up a major new chapter in the history of safeguarding human rights in Europe.