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

The Sulha Alliance has worked with Afghan interpreters and other Locally Engaged Civilians (LECs) 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).