Sweden refuses to protect former army interpreters in Afghanistan

The 30 odd translators who worked for Swedish troops serving in Afghanistan now say that they fear for their lives, as militant groups may accuse them of serving the enemy.

Sweden refuses to protect former army interpreters in Afghanistan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sweden has refused to take responsibility for the safety of Afghan interpreters who served their ISAF forces in Afghanistan.

The 30 odd translators who worked for Swedish troops serving in Afghanistan now say that they fear for their lives, as militant groups may accuse them of serving the enemy.

Sweden's Lieutenant General Goran Martensson told Sveriges Radio that responsibility for the employee ends when the contract is terminated.

Currently the Swedish army only follows up the safety of former employees for up to three months, but even that may be taken away. "This claims a lot of resources," military spokesman Par Dahlbom told the TT news agency.

Although some interpreters were given permission to stay in Sweden b the UN Refugee Quota system last year, those remaining in Afghanistan are unable to seek asylum in Sweden, as applications for asylum can only be submitted in Sweden. 

Last Mod: 22 Nisan 2014, 17:38
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