Foundation shortlisted at major awards
December 2, 2014 | Nick Taylor
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace was shortlisted for the 2014 Liberty Human Rights Award in recognition for the way the charity is “waging peace”, rather than war, making a profound and lasting contribution to both our national security and our wellbeing.
The awards were presented at a glittering ceremony on Monday 1st December at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London with Sandi Toksvig as the host for the evening and contributions from Vanessa Redgrave and Billy Bragg.
Liberty is also known as the National Council for Civil Liberties. Founded in 1934, Liberty is a cross party, non-party membership organisation at the heart of the movement for fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK.
Liberty promotes the values of individual human dignity, equal treatment and fairness as the foundations of a democratic society. It does this through campaigns to protect basic rights and freedoms through the courts, in Parliament and in the wider community; and through a combination of public campaigning, test case litigation, parliamentary work, policy analysis and the provision of free advice and information.
The awards honour individuals and organisations dedicated to protecting and promoting our freedoms. They give voice to stories that may otherwise go unheard and celebrate the hard work, inspiration and dedication of those who champion the rights of ordinary people.
The Foundation was shortlisted for the Human Rights ‘Close to Home’ Award along with the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) and Refuge who received the award on the night.
Speaking at the Ceremony Nick Taylor, Chief Executive said: “The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2014 Liberty Human Rights ‘Close to Home’ Award.
“It comes at a time that society is facing a decline in ‘world peace’ and unprecedented challenges through war, terrorism and violent conflict.
“The Foundation works to prevent, resolve and respond to violent conflict, encouraging everyone to celebrate our human differences and rights.
“Society is not rising to the challenge and Governments alone cannot resolve the situation.
“That is why, in the disciplines of conflict resolution, rethinking radicalisation and challenging extremism, the Foundation is ‘the mouse that roared,’ qualified by experience with over twenty years of practice.
“That learning means we are leading, shaping and stimulating a collective societal approach to challenge violent conflict and we are pleased that this shortlisting recognises our work.”
Founders Colin and Wendy Parry were with Nick Taylor and Director of Commissions, Kelly Simcock at the award ceremony.