The Holocaust Education Trust has collected a human rights award from Liberty, alongside The Guardian newspaper for its ethical reporting of the NSA eavesdropping and Stephen Lawrence’s mother Doreen for her work on police reform.

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From left: TUC General-Secretary Frances O’Grady, HET chief executive Karen Pollock, Chuka Umunna MP and host Sandi Toksvig

HET’s Chief Executive Karen Pollock welcomed the accolade, saying: “We are honoured and delighted to have won Liberty’s ‘Collective Voice’ Award.

“The Holocaust was the darkest chapter in our shared history, a time when human rights counted for nothing and human dignity was violated in unimaginable ways – it is a reminder of why we must never take for granted our basic freedoms.”

Hosted by writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, the ceremony at Southbank Centre in London was a star-studded affair, with HET representatives rubbing shoulders with high-profile supporters such as Joanna Lumley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rory Bremner.

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said: “Human rights are so often distorted by some of the most powerful interests in our country. Our nominees and winners remind us that most ordinary people share our values and many are prepared to stand up for them in the classroom, courtroom, newsroom and parliament chamber.”