Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed calls for interpreters working in Afghanistan, and their families, to be granted the right to live Britain, as they face death threats for assisting British forces.
The Government is currently considering the case of asylum for Afghan interpreters given the grave danger that they and their families face from Taliban. Following the Iraq War, the Government offered Iraqi interpreters exceptional indefinite leave to remain in the UK, given the invaluable help that the interpreters provided to British troops. Mike is calling on the Government to extend the same rights to Afghan interpreters that was given to their Iraqi counterparts.
Commenting, Mike said: “Interpreters working for British forces in Afghanistan put the lives of themselves and their families at an extraordinary risk in order to help our country and mission abroad. Indeed, 24 locally-engaged civilians have been killed and 122 have been injured while working with our armed forces since 2006. It is absolutely unacceptable that these people are not automatically granted the right to move to the safety of the UK, so I call on the Government to review this issue as a matter of urgency.”