Afghan interpreters launch discrimination challenge

03.05.13 |

Locally employed staff working for the UK Government in Afghanistan have issued judicial review proceedings in the High Court. The Claimants have been facing sustained intimidation and attacks due to their work for the UK. Represented by Nikolaus Grubeck and Ben Jaffey, instructed by Leigh Day, the interpreters argue that the Government's failure to afford the same kind of assistance previously provided to their counterparts in Iraq is discriminatory.


Rosa Curling of Leigh Day said "We're talking about recognising the risk and the immense bravery they showed for the British government and British forces abroad, and we have to realise they are in danger directly because of that work." The call was echoed widely. Baroness Coussins, for instance, stated "Their Iraqi equivalents were given exceptional indefinite leave to enter the UK, outside the Immigration Rules, and I cannot understand why the same resettlement terms can't also be offered to these brave Afghans and their families. Almost all our Nato allies are offering asylum to their Afghan interpreters. It is shameful that the UK government seems so reluctant to do the decent thing by ours. If ever there were a special case, surely this is it?"


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