Asylum for Afghan Interpreters

 
 
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The Home Office have been reluctant to recognise the right of interpreters who worked with Allied Forces, including the USA and the UK, to protection in the UK. 

 

In 2016 we successfully prevented the removal of a former Afghan military interpreter, on the grounds that he would be at risk from the Taliban on return, and then secured refugee protection for the client. As a result of the litigation, the Home Office reviewed its policy so as to recognise Afghan interpreters, who had assisted HM Armed Forces, as a distinct category of persons at risk of persecution on return to Afghanistan.


Supervising solicitor Lewis Kett was made The Times Lawyer of the Week in April 2016 as a result of this work.

 

In the media:

 

The Times article announcing Lewis Kett as Times Lawyer of the Week April 2016

 

Patrick Page writing about story of Afghan Interpreter in The Independent

 

Patrick Page Afghan Interpreter Story for Refugee Week Campaign ‘Cooperate Or Die’