Liberty Human Rights

Foundation shortlisted for 2014 Liberty Human Rights Award

November 24, 2014 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace has been 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  take place on Monday 1st December at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London with Sandi Toksvig as the host for the evening.  The awards are open to the public and you can book tickets here.

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. Click here to find out more about Liberty.

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 is shortlisted for the Human Rights ‘Close to Home’ Award along with the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) and Refuge.

Here is a link to all the nominees

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive said: “The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2014 Liberty Human Rights 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 will join Nick Taylor and Director of Commissions, Kelly Simcock at the award ceremony next week.  Liberty Director, Shami Chakrabarti, will be talking live with legend of stage and screen Vanessa Redgrave about acting, activism and the future of liberty.  There will be appearances from some very special guests and music from the great Billy Bragg and one-to-watch new songwriter Natasha North.


Shortlist – ‘Close to Home’ Award

Prisoners’ Advice Service

Prisoners Advice Service (PAS) was founded in 1991 to provide legal assistance and information for inmates. It advises prisoners on their rights, takes up individual complaints and launches legal cases. PAS also provides drop-in clinics at various prisons and has particular expertise in representing women and disabled prisoners. With so many left without access to legal advice because of the removal of legal aid, PAS’ work is more important than ever. The organisation is also challenging legal aid cuts in the courts, recently obtaining permission to have its case against the Ministry of Justice heard in the Court of Appeal.


Two women a week die at the hands of current or former partners. Sadly, this terrifying statistic is nothing new. Refuge has been at the forefront of domestic violence services since 1971 and continues to be the voice of those otherwise silenced by fear or neglect. Having seen so many women let down by police and other State agencies, this year Refuge launched a campaign calling for a full public inquiry. Alongside the families of domestic violence victims, it continues its courageous fight to bring about meaningful institutional changes which could save the lives of thousands of women and children.

Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace

When the IRA detonated two bombs in a busy Warrington town centre on 20th March 1993 the lives of 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball were cut tragically short. Transforming their personal despair into hope, Tim’s parents, with the support of Johnathan’s, established the Foundation for Peace, a charity that works nationally and internationally to build strong communities and help young people turn away from violence and extremism. Now going strong in its 21st year and by “waging peace”, rather than war, the Foundation is making a profound and lasting contribution to both our national security and our wellbeing.