Foreign Secretary William Hague: Protect all Afghan interpreters who served alongside British troops and give them opportunity to resettle
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Foreign Secretary William Hague: Protect all Afghan interpreters who served alongside British troops and give them opportunity to resettle

    1. Alexander Perkins
    2. Petition by

      Alexander Perkins

      London, United Kingdom

I served in Afghanistan in 2008-2009 and then again in 2010. These were tough days in Afghanistan for all that were there. We relied on the help of local Afghan interpreters who were with us on every patrol and an integral part of our platoon. 

The interpreters took great risks to help us, putting not only their lives but the lives of their families in danger of Taliban reprisals -- but now the UK Government has turned its back on the interpreters. It is refusing to give support or resettlement to interpreters who completed their duties between 2006 and 2011. 

My great-grandfather Winston Churchill, who spent a large part of his career in the army, would have been shocked by the way our government is treating men who risked their lives to help British forces. By denying our interpreters entry into the UK the government is condemning them to persecution and almost certain death at the hands of the Taliban. 

That's why I've started this petition on Change.org calling on Foreign Secretary William Hague to review the British policy for Afghan interpreters. 

The interpreter I remember most was Barri. For all intents and purposes he was one of the lads. When we left Afghanistan Barri's father and brother were killed by the Taliban but the UK government didn't help him. His mother and sister died whilst trying to get to western Europe when their boat sank in Mediterranean. For two years Barri and his last remaining brother have been held in a detention centre until they were eventually granted asylum in Germany. Other interpreters are not even as lucky. They have been forced into hiding in Afghanistan or are locked in foreign detention centres, their lives in limbo. 

There are certain codes we uphold in the military. Two of those are: "loyalty & honour."  So I am appealing to Rt Hon William Hague and Rt Hon David Cameron  - do the honourable thing and remain loyal to those who stood shoulder to shoulder with British Forces. 

It is morally reprehensible to force these men to stay in a country that we are counting down the days to finally leaving. By leaving them in Afghanistan the only thing they can look forward to is a life of looking over their shoulders.

Huge public pressure convinced the Government to offer resettlement or support to some Afghan interpreters. We need the same pressure to extend the policy and make sure no interpreter is forgotten. 

Please sign my petition and make sure all Afghan interpreters get the support they need.

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    1. Human Rights Nomination.

      Alexander Perkins
      Petition organiser

      Because of all of your signatures and support I have been nominated for a Human rights Award. This is down to you all taking the time to sign my petition. Hopefully this nomination will help the campaign.

      http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/media/press/2013/Liberty-honours-human-rights-heroes-in-annual-awards-ceremony.php

    2. Reached 75,000 signatures
    3. Reached 50,000 signatures
    4. My former interpreter granted asylum in Germany after UK fails to step up!!

      Alexander Perkins
      Petition organiser
      Interpreter rejected by Britain is granted asylum in Germany

      A British Army interpreter who was forced to flee Afghanistan after his father and brother were murdered by the Taleban has been granted political asylum in Germany following a campaign of support by former British army officers.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Press Coverage in The Sun

      Alexander Perkins
      Petition organiser
      Churchill hero in asylum war

      WINSTON Churchill's great-grandson has declared war on David Cameron's immigration policy - to save an Afghan interpreter from the Taliban. Baryalai Shams, dubbed Barri by comrade Brits, risked his life for Our Boys but is barred from coming here and is in a German detention centre.

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    • Albert DeCoursey MILWAUKEE, WI
      • 2 days ago

      It is the moral thing to do.

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    • Reg Danford-Cordingley BELLEVILLE, CANADA
      • 5 days ago

      It is very important that the UK support and protect those brave Afghans who risked their lives to help our soldiers in Afghanistan! Why should anyone in the future help the UK if the British Government is known to abandon its friends when it no longer needs them.

      That policy, to abandon the brave interpreters, is absolutely disgusting and makes me ashamed to be British.

      Please do the right thing HMG and give the interpreters asylum in the UK!

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    • Catherine Caseau ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 days ago

      Just watched C4 news tonight -08/07/2014- I'm disgusted, appaled and sadly not surprised that our present government don't seem to give two hoots about the interpreters plight.

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    • Sarah Hairsine HULL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      My partner returned from Afghanistan last week until he returns to serve again in September/ October. He relies heavily on local intelligence from Afghan people who need and want us to succeed out there. They risk their lives for the cause and can't be left to deal with the aftermath of what we left on their doorstep without support.

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    • Richard Buss ALDEBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 27 days ago

      These are the people we should be protecting and welcoming into our country...they would be great additions.

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