Liberty Human Rights Award for Birmingham Pub Bombings campaign

Relatives of the victims and survivors of the 1974 Birmingham bombings will receive a 2016 Liberty Human Rights Award.

Justice4the21 – who in June 2016 secured the re-opening of inquests adjourned 41 years earlier – will be presented with the Human Rights ‘Long Walk’ Award.

Twenty-one people died and more than 200 were injured when bombs exploded in two public houses in Birmingham on 21 November 1974.

While the killers escaped detection, six innocent men were wrongly convicted of the crime and the inquests that opened into the incident were never completed.

After several appeals and a campaign that won global support, the ‘Birmingham Six’ were eventually released in 1991. No one has ever been brought to justice.

Twenty-one people died and more than 200 were injured Credit: PA

With no government support, the survivors and victims’ relatives used their own money, resources and time to campaign for a new police investigation and inquest.

Julie Hambleton for Justice4the21, said:

Julie Hambleton Credit: PA

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: