CAMPAIGNING FOR & SUPPORTING AFGHAN FORMER INTERPRETERS AND OTHER STAFF WHO HAVE SERVED WITH THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES

If you want to support the resettlement and integration of Afghan interpreters and other local staff, you can make a donation to us here.

The Sulha Alliance has worked with Afghan Interpreters for years, both campaigning to get them out of Afghanistan and supporting their resettlement in the UK. This has helped us built an intimate link with the community.

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Our vision is for a comprehensive, fair and lasting solution that encompasses:

  • providing sanctuary for former interpreters under threat

  • welcoming former interpreters and their families to the UK

  • recognising their service and supporting their integration into British society

Background

British military involvement in Afghanistan relied on the support of approximately 7000 Locally Employed Civilians (LECs) who worked as interpreters, guards and in other capacities to support the mission.

LECs associated with international military forces, especially interpreters, are seen as a priority target by the Taliban, as recognised in the Home Office Country Policy and Information Note ‘Afghanistan: Anti-government elements (2020)’, the European Asylum Suport Office and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Afghan LECs who have worked for the UK and face threats based on their employment history, but do not meet the criteria of the Ex-Gratia Scheme, are still in Afghanistan or stuck in refugee camps, such as on Lesbos.

As the House of Commons Defence Select Committee concluded in a report: “Given our Government's own stark assessment of the perilous Afghan security situation, the idea that no interpreters or other former LECs have faced threats and intimidation warranting their relocation to the UK is totally implausible” (2018).