Does Britain have a 'moral obligation' to help Afghan interpreters?

Discussion in 'Law, Order and Defence' started by DarkMist, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. DarkMist

    DarkMist Guest

    The UK has a “moral obligation” to look after local staff who helped troops and diplomats during the Afghan campaign, but current schemes to protect them from Taliban reprisals are not enough, MPs were told.

    The Government has faced accusations it has abandoned Afghan interpreters after refusing to give them sanctuary for helping British forces.

    “If we don’t look after those we need in conflict, whether it’s the soldiers we need to defend us or the sailors or airmen, and I would include in that the locally employed staff, we will find it significantly harder to recruit those people we need and that will make us less safe.”

    One interpreter had lost three limbs while serving with British forces. Mr Tugendhat said when he pressed the case for the man to be brought to Britain, an official told him “it would set a precedent”. The man later moved to India.

    He said any solution had to find a balance to let the right people in.

    “It can’t be that one day’s service as a cleaner in Camp Bastion gives you a British passport, but at the same time it’s screamingly obvious that someone who has been a triple amputee on operational service has the right to access the medical unit at Selly Oak.”

    Surely the disabled interpreter should have been helped? What criteria would you use for giving help to those who have helped our military?
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  2. Big Andy

    Big Andy Senior Member Staff Member

    Help them. Simples.
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  3. OP

    DarkMist Guest

    All of them? The healthy camp cleaner of two weeks gets the same as the multiple amputee of several years support in combat zones?
  4. Big Andy

    Big Andy Senior Member Staff Member

    If theu are at risk, yes.
  5. OP

    DarkMist Guest

    Who foots the bill for that? Surely the camp cleaner isn’t worth flying to the UK and housing and feeding if he is healthy.
  6. Big Andy

    Big Andy Senior Member Staff Member

    The numbers involved won't be high and a drop in the ocean compared to other migration.
  7. Bromptonaut

    Bromptonaut Rohan Man

    Like any other Asylum type claim each case should be treated on it's merits. The interpreters. as a group, have obviously been intermediaries between the security forces and 'the enemy' being questioned. While I don't know all the facts it seems shitty in the extreme to deny them sanctuary or to 'nit pick' over it's terms.

    Aside from anything else it's likely to have an impact next time we want locals to help us out.

    But then it's no surprise we get this attitude from a government prepared to threaten grandmothers who came here properly as children and worked here all their lives with deportation:
  8. Jezza

    Jezza Regular Member

    They've served as armed service auxilliaries and , as such; deserve our support and protection.
    Numbers aren't massive and the money is there.
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