We highlight some background to the awards which make up the annual #No2H8 Crime Awards. Sponsors can propose specific awards and which are included as part of the annual ceremony.
Supporting Victims, Reporting Hate Crimes
This category is sponsored by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. The CPS reviews each hate crime case referred by the police and where there is supporting evidence, the CPS will prosecute as a hate crime and apply to the courts for an increased sentence.
The CPS is committed to promoting effective support to victims and positive outcomes to boost people’s confidence to report. But there is more than can be done. This award category aims to showcase those many dedicated individuals who are making a difference to people’s lives and inspiring confidence in others to report. People are doing this on a daily basis by:
- raising awareness about hate crime amongst communities;
- supporting individuals to report hate crime;
- advocating on behalf of the victims of hate crime; and
- improving criminal justice partners understanding of hate crime and its impact.
Celebrating the positive boosts everyone’s confidence. There are extraordinarily positive contributions to celebrate and the CPS encourages everyone to participate in the National Awards as part of this category or any other.
The Sheikh Abdullah Award for Intercultural Dialogue
The Sheikh Abdullah Award for Intercultural Dialogue work is supported by Lord Mohamed Sheikh of Cornhill. Lord Sheikh is a Conservative peer, entrepreneur, businessman and founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum. The Sheikh Abdullah Award is sponsored in honour of his father and his ability to be successful in spite of adversity and multiple barriers in starting life in a new country.
Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah of Mbale, Uganda, was an entrepreneur who had arrived in East Africa, drawn away from India because of the colonial link of Empire. Sheikh Abdullah became a very successful businessman with investments in the cotton and tobacco industries in Uganda and he was also instrumental in providing philanthropic support to other faith communities in Uganda. For example, he was instrumental in actively supporting the building of mandirs and gurdwaras in the country, whilst he himself was Muslim. A firm believer that ‘hard work’ would reap rewards, he came to Uganda with no assets and build a successful set of businesses in a country which was culturally and religiously alien to him. With little grasp of Swahili, he built a successful future through intercultural dialogue which he lived out every day.
Jo Cox Memorial Award for Bravery & Heroism
The Jo Cox Memorial Award is a tribute to an inspirational, hard working and well-loved Member of Parliament who stood for all communities. Who can forget her maiden speech on the 3rd of June 2015 when she told a packed House of Commons, the following:
“While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”
This award is provided in memory of Jo Cox and to individuals who have put themselves at considerable risk by trying to protect the human rights of others, who are targeted because of a part of their identity.