Afghan interpreters challenge granted permission

11.06.14 | |

The High Court today granted permission in a judicial review challenge brought by three Afghan interpreters who were employed by the UK in Afghanistan. The Claimants, all of whom have faced serious threats as a result of their work, argue that the protection and benefits offered to them by the UK Government remain far more limited than what was offered to Iraqi interpreters working for the UK under similarly difficult circumstances in Iraq. The interpreters' claim under the Equality Act asserts that the UK’s current policy amounts to discrimination on the basis of nationality, in breach of the Equality Act 2010.

 

Another challenge brought by three other interpreters under the Human Rights Act 1998 was stayed pending resolution of the claim under the Equality Act.

 

Nikolaus Grubeck (led by Ben Jaffey), instructed by Leigh Day , appeared in the Equality Act cases.

 

Phil Haywood (led by Hugh Southey QC), instructed by Wilsons LLP, appeared in the Human Rights Act cases.

 

See BBC coverage here, The Guardian coverage here, and the The Times coverage here.

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