Liberty Award for Birmingham Pub Bombing Victim’s Families

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Plaque for victims of the bombings. Credit: Elliott Brown

The families of the victims and survivors of the Birmingham pub bombings are set to receive a human rights award for the Justice4the21 campaign.

Liberty, a rights organisation, is recognising the campaign for its successful lobby to get the inquest into the Birmingham bombs exploded back in 1974 reopened. 180 people were injured in the blast and 21 people killed.

Justice4the21 funded legal aid itself in order to lobby for new investigation. Birmingham Coroner Louise Hunt ruled in their favour, opening the case back up again as there is a “wealth of information that still has not been heard.”

The awards will take place at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Julie Hambleton will join other members of the campaign to collect the ‘Long Walk Award.’ Julie, whose sister was killed in the bombings, said:

“We have faced many challenges, we have fought of our own volition, of our own time, money and we have invested all of our emotional energy into bringing about a resumed inquest for our loved ones.

“It is very moving for us. It is hard to put into words how we feel, but we do what we do for those who aren’t here to fight for justice themselves. If we don’t do it then no one is going to do it for them.”

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