Detention Action was honoured for its successful legal challenge to the Detained Fast Track scheme which saw the scheme ruled unlawful by the Court of Appeal and suspended in July. Jan Sutton, who is severely disabled, used the Human Rights Act to take Norfolk County Council to court for failing to provide her with a reasonable care package. Ben Jaffey of Blackstone Chambers won the human rights lawyer if the award for leading the challenge to mass surveillance in the courts, acting for Liberty, Privacy International and others.
The Liberty Human Rights Awards 2015 winners and nominees in full
Lifetime Achievement Award
Caspar Bowden: For his exceptional commitment to human rights and a life dedicated to leading the way on how society can best safeguard privacy in the modern age.
Courageous Voice Award
Sabeen Mahmud: For her fearless championing of free speech and open government in Pakistan. Sabeen set up community space ‘The 2nd Floor’ to provide a safe place for people to share music, art, science and ideas in Karachi. She was shot dead by two gun-men earlier this year. A man later confessed to murdering her on the grounds that she was ‘promoting liberal, secular values’.
Collective Voice Award
The people of Ireland: For becoming the first nation to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote, taking an enormous step forward in the fight to end discrimination of gay and lesbian people.
The Christine Jackson Young Person Award
Helawit Hailemariam: For co-developing the play Ask to pressure the British Government into pressing for the release of her father, activist Andargachew Tsege, who is being detained by the Ethiopian regime.
The other nominees were the Cardiff Law School Innocence Project and Temi Mwale, founder of Get Outta the Gang.
Human Rights ‘Close to Home’ Award
Jan Sutton: For defending the Human Rights Act and inspiring others to fight for the right to live with dignity.
The other nominees were Kalayaan and Integrate Bristol.
Human Rights Arts Award
WAST Nightingales: For bringing women refugees and asylum seekers together in song and raising awareness of the injustices suffered by women seeking asylum in the UK.
The other nominees were Don McVey, Penny Woolcock and Helen Benedict.
Human Rights Lawyer of the Year
Ben Jaffey, Blackstone Chambers: For leading the challenge to mass surveillance in the courts, acting for Liberty, Privacy International and others.
The other nominees were Nathalie Lieven QC of Landmark Chambers, The Public Law Project and Adam Wagner of 1 Crown Office Row.
Human Rights Campaign of the Year Award
Detention Action – For its successful legal challenge to Detained Fast Track, which saw the scheme ruled unlawful by the Court of Appeal and suspended in July.
The other nominees were Lord Rambotham, CRAE, the Howard League for Penal Reform and the SCYJ; and Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association.
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