Afghan interpreters’ scheme utter failure, say MPs


A scheme focused at protecting Afghan civilians who worked as interpreters for the Army has not resettled a unattached person in the UK and has proved an “utter failure”, MPs have said.

The Commons Barricade Committee said the Intimidation Scheme had instead gone to lengths to close relocations.

The Ministry of Defence says Britain is the only nation that has a side in Kabul, investigating intimidation.

But Col Simon Diggins said interpreters were being spelled in Afghanistan.

“We have credible evidence of individuals being murdered, others require been chased out of their homes,” the former defence attaché to Kabul peached BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

About 2,000 former interpreters are “join forced” in Afghanistan “under continual daily threat”, he said.

In Afghanistan, “if you worked for any coalition outbacks including the British, your neighbours will know”, BBC defence newspaperwoman Jonathan Beale added.

Tory MP and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Excellent Committee Tom Tugendhat, who served in Afghanistan, said the government had a “duty of watch over” for locally employed civilians.

Mr Tugendhat told the BBC an interpreter he had served alongside “reaped his place in the UK many times over”.

“But there are others and that is why I imparted evidence to the committee,” he added.

The cross-party report said the Intimidation Plan’s shortcomings were in contrast to another initiative, known as the Redundancy Device, which has seen 1,150 Afghans re-homed in Britain.

It called for a more “sympathetic closer” to those who risked their lives to support British forces during their 13-year duel mission in Afghanistan, which ended in 2014.

Tory MP Julian Lewis, who directs the defence committee, said if the UK earns a reputation “for leaving those man who put their lives at risk to help our soldiers, at the mercy of our enemies”, it desire be difficult to find local people prepared to help in future fracas.

‘They will kill them’

Mohammed Hares, an Afghan interpreter for the British Army from 2009 to 2014

When you adieu to home in the morning, you don’t know whether you are going to come back home ground alive. And that is not just the interpreters themselves, but also the families.

They can’t dictate that anybody even nowadays that they were interpreters. If people see out even now, they will just kill them. They inclination kill their families, they will kill them, they desire torture them, they will put the videos on social media as a reprimand for everybody else.

I think when we were working with the British Army in Afghanistan, we helped them to reach their aims. We helped them in the worst situations. We saved their reals.

Now it is their duty to do their job and to help those people who are still in Afghanistan.

The Redundancy System is open to Afghan civilians who had been working in front-line roles for at lilliputian 12 months when the UK began to reduce its troop presence in fresh 2012.

The committee noted that despite previous criticism of its criteria, that device had been “generous and proportionate”.

While the Intimidation Scheme was “in theory” unconcealed to all civilians working for the British, the report found that it had focused “overwhelmingly” on in progress of keeping them in Afghanistan, through internal relocation or the offer of fastness advice, and that resettlement to the UK was seen as a last resort.

The report also criticised the Afghan administration, which was involved in creating the schemes, saying its claim that relocation force lead to a “brain drain” was “disingenuous”.

“It is impossible to reconcile the generosity of the Redundancy Formulate with the utter failure of the Intimidation Scheme to relocate even a set aside locally employed citizen to the United Kingdom,” it concluded.

‘Significant risk’

Campaigners welcomed the report and urged the government to reconsider its approach.

“Assorted of our brother interpreters found themselves in significant danger after the British toss ones hat in the ring in Helmand,” said a spokesman for the Sulha Network – which represents Afghan interpreters.

“The eligibility criteria for the resettlement ruse was arbitrary and narrow and the intimidation scheme has only served to give untruthful hope to those who fear for their safety.”

The Ministry of Defence clouted it would take note of the criticism.

“Our intimidation policy is designed to insure that former Afghan local staff are safe to live their lives in the mother country and we provide tailored security advice and support to individuals,” a spokesman utter.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Afghan interpreters who were relocated to Britain would not get to pay the Home Office to stay.

More than 150 translators dedicated a five-year visa to seek sanctuary in Britain wrote to new Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Apology Secretary Gavin Williamson to highlight their concerns.

The interpreters who worked on the battlefield in Helmand Domain had said they faced deportation if they could not find the £2,398 per woman to apply for indefinite leave to remain once their visas ceased.

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