Human rights campaigners are recognised

Those who have fought to protect and promote the rights of others have been honoured at Liberty’s annual Human Rights Awards.

The civil liberties campaign group recognised the dedication of various individuals and organisations in a ceremony at London’s Southbank Centre.

Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his “unwavering defence of legal principles”.

Although Mr Grieve was replaced as the Government’s chief legal advisor earlier this year, his dogged defence of the Human Rights Act had won him widespread praise.

Since leaving the cabinet he has continued to speak out against scrapping the legislation, recently describing the proposals as “unworkable”.

Other winners included Meltem Avcil, who campaigned to end the detention of women asylum seekers, and UK Families Flight 103 – a group which has fought for justice for the 270 people who died in the Lockerbie bombing.

Since the 1988 tragedy, which saw the wreckage of a Transatlantic flight crash on the Scottish town, members have remained committed to discovering the truth about the atrocity.

The charity Refuge was recognised for helping thousands of women and children fleeing domestic violence, while Lord Low of Dalston received the award for Human Rights Campaign of the Year, having battled to safeguard those in residential care.

In recognition of Liberty’s 80th anniversary, the awards ceremony was open to the public for the first time. Among the VIP guests on the evening were singer-songwriter Billy Bragg and the actress Vanessa Redgrave.

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