Asylum needed for Afghan Interpreters

May 8th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

If you look down the right hand side of this blog, underneath my blogroll, you’ll see a section of links called Campaigns. The first in that list is a pretty image which links to a campaign that ran from about 2007.

It calls for the British government to help the those Iraqis’ that helped the British by being interpreters. Those interpreters put their and their families lifes in danger to help our armed forces. In the eyes of some of their countrymen, and others who sought to influence the course of Iraqs’ future, these interpreters were traiters and were hunted, and beaten and killed. Those Iraqis asked for our help, for refuge. The British government dragged it’s heels and lots of interpreters died.

They deserved to be treated better. Many, many of them didn’t get it.

Although I have added and removed many links from the sidebar since 2007 that one has remained. An important issue that never really got resolved.

The button links to a video (by Bloggerheads) that explains a little about that campaign. It is just as relevant to a new campaign for Afghan interpreters that are facing the same problem after helping our armed forces in their country.

Watch the video and see why this issue is worth revisiting.

Liberal Conspiracy

About six years ago, bloggers from across the political spectrum banded together for a campaign to offer asylum to Iraqi interpreters to British armed forces. It was a long and bumpy campaign, and we didn’t get all that we wanted at the time, but it helped to get more Iraqi interpreters into the UK than if we had done nothing.

Now it’s time to revisit the issue, for interpreters who have helped British armed forces in Afghanistan.

The reasons this is the right thing to do are straightforward:

1) These interpreters have helped save the lives of British soldiers in Afghanistan.

2) They put their lives at risk, from extremist elements, to help British forces.

3) If we abandon them, it hurts British peace-keeping missions in the future. Locals will be less willing to help British armed forces in the future if they think they will be abandoned at a later date.

Whether you were for or against the war in Afghanistan, helping Afghani interpreters and their families is the morally righteous course of action. This says nothing about whether Afghanistan was right or wrong – only that these people need help, and should be offered asylum in the UK for their services.

12 months. Nothing less.

May 4th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


My life is destroyed. I’m still living in hiding. I’ve asked to be taken anywhere in the world – away from here. There’s no justice in the world.

Ali (his name has been changed to protect him) had worked for British troops in Basra for almost 12 months. To be precise, for six days short of 12 months.

Miliband statement on Iraq 30th October 2007…

Staff who are currently serving in these categories, or who were doing so on or after 8 August 2007, will be eligible to apply for assistance provided that:

* they have attained 12 months’ or more continuous service. (In this context, continuous does not refer to service in a single job or capacity. Iraqi staff who have moved between the different categories outlined above will be eligible provided that there was no break in service between moving between different categories and total length of service is 12 months or more); and
* that they are (or were) redundant by their employer OR that they are (or were) forced to resign their positions because of what we judge to be exceptional circumstances. Decisions on whether a resignation has taken place in exceptional circumstances will be made by representatives of employing Departments on the ground. Staff who are dismissed for misconduct will not be eligible for assistance.

I suppose when death threats happen as often as they do in Iraq, they stop being exceptional and if you’ve only got a week or fortnight before you hit 12 months then you can tough it out. It’s only a few more days.

The employees are still being shat on and now the Brits are out, that’ll be then end of any help any Iraqi interpreters would’ve got.

EDM 401: Iraq Employees

December 5th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

EDM 401: Iraq Employees:

That this House recognises the courage of Iraqis who have worked alongside British troops and diplomats in southern Iraq, often saving British lives; notes that many such Iraqis have been targeted for murder by Iraqi militias in Basra, and that an unknown number have already been killed, whilst many others are in hiding; further recognises that many Iraqis who have worked for fewer than 12 months for the UK are threatened by death squads; and therefore calls upon the Prime Minister to meet the UK’s moral obligations by offering resettlement to all Iraqis who are threatened with death for the “crime” of helping British troops and diplomats.

Go here to see if your MP has signed it.

If they haven’t, send them a polite email asking them to, and if they won’t, why they won’t.

related: Dan Hardie: Letting Them Die

Iraqi Interpreters

August 15th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink


Finally been able to write to my MP:

Dear Dr Evan Harris,
You will be aware that there are some Iraqi interpreters that have helped the British forces in Iraq and now their lives are in very real danger.

They are in danger because they are seen to be helping the enemy, a foreign power that is occupying their country (that’s us, by the way) and now the UK is refusing to grant them and their families asylum.

These people will be killed.

The UK cannot turn it’s back on these people.

I urge you to do all you can to help them gain asylum within this country before anymore are killed.



You need to do the same.

1. Watch the video.
2. Write to your MP.
3. Let us know if you get a response.
4. Sign the petition
5. Join the list of supporters.

If it help the government make up it’s mind, there aren’t so many of them now.

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