Re: ....risks breaking international human rights law
As Adam 52 said. In fact, the 3 guide lines for choosing a VPN are:
1) Always go for another country. It forces your own country's petty bureaucrats to get a proper court order in another land - raising the bad against fishing for things on you.
2) Do your homework, read reviews and comments but remember one pissed off customer may not be representative.
3) If possible use the OpenVPN protocol, but if not at least avoid PPTP as its security is crap.