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British govt decision on Afghan interpreters excoriated

British govt decision on Afghan interpreters excoriated

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  The Defence Committee of the British Parliament has urged the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to grant asylum to 200 Afghan interpreters who worked for UK forces during their mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In a letter sent to the MoD, the committee said many of the 200 Afghan interpreters had been threatened with death by the Talibaninfo-icon insurgents and needed security.

“It was recently reported that at least one interpreter has been tortured and murdered after a failed attempt to flee the country,” the letter said.

“Others live in constant fear of their lives. Despite this clear and present threat to their safety, the government continues to deny them asylum in the United Kingdom,” it noted.

The Defence Committee of the UK Parliament considered this to be “a wholly unacceptable way to treat proven friends and allies”.

The committee asked the MoD for a response over the governmnet’s rationale for not granting asylum to Afghan nationals, who courageously worked on behalf of the UK.

Given the extreme danger these interpreters and their families face, the committee requested a response should be submitted before the house rose for the recess.


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