AIIC represented at meeting in the House of Lords on Interpreters in Conflict Zones
A duty of honour: AIIC has been working with other organisations to secure international protection for interpreters in conflict zones.
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On May 21, 2018, at the invitation of Baroness Coussins the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages in the House of Lords heard the views of AIIC on protection for fellow interpreters in conflict zones.
Linda Fitchett of AIIC and Maya Hess of Red T described the efforts of Red T, AIIC, FIT, IAPTI, CLI and WASLI, an international coalition representing over 130,000 translators and interpreters, to improve protection for interpreters in conflict zones.
They were joined by Abdul Bari, a former army interpreter who worked for British troops in Afghanistan in 2008-2010 and fled to the UK after he and his family received death threats from the Taliban, and his lawyer, Lewis Kett of Duncan Lewis Solicitors. Abdul Bari is currently appealing his rejected asylum application.
AIIC UK & Ireland representatives were fortunate to be invited to attend the meeting and were very interested to listen to the presentations given as well as to participate in the question and answer session, alongside members of the House of Lords, researchers and colleagues from other professional organisations. We wish our colleagues every success in their endeavours.
AIIC UK&I also co-signed a letter from a large coalition of RedT and AIIC to the UK ambassador to the UN to table a resolution on securing protection for civilian interpreters in conflict zones.
You can also support interpreters in conflict zones by signing the petition here.