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The consequences of war: The UK's responsibility towards its interpreters / translators in Afghanistan

Hewad, Maroof LU (2017) MRSK30 20162
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
The paper engages a provocative, multi-dimensional legal, moral and human rights issue that strikes at the heart of 21st century UK asylum law. Throughout the NATO Afghanistan military campaigns (headed by the International Security Assistance Force) in which the UK committed combat troops from 2001 to 2014, hundreds of local Afghan nationals were employed by the British Army as interpreters and translators. The value of these Afghani operatives to the overall NATO operation is undoubted. It might seem axiomatic that such Afghan personnel would obtain UK asylum when sought, given their post-war status in Afghanistan would likely be equated to that of traitors amongst the Taliban and others opposed to NATO during this protracted conflict.... (More)
The paper engages a provocative, multi-dimensional legal, moral and human rights issue that strikes at the heart of 21st century UK asylum law. Throughout the NATO Afghanistan military campaigns (headed by the International Security Assistance Force) in which the UK committed combat troops from 2001 to 2014, hundreds of local Afghan nationals were employed by the British Army as interpreters and translators. The value of these Afghani operatives to the overall NATO operation is undoubted. It might seem axiomatic that such Afghan personnel would obtain UK asylum when sought, given their post-war status in Afghanistan would likely be equated to that of traitors amongst the Taliban and others opposed to NATO during this protracted conflict. This research has two aims, the first is to conduct high level, comprehensive research into this provocative question that has prompted strong arguments on both sides. The second aim is to make an appropriate, reasoned, and scholarly contribution to an issue that is arguably a very accurate litmus test regarding a nation’s true character as a just, and responsible international community member committed to the 1951 Convention principles. The second research aim is directly connected to the nature and extent of any State’s ‘post-conflict obligations’ assumed when its armed forces have derived benefits from the efforts of war zone nationals. The research will properly engage the legal arguments generated by 1951 Convention claims. It will also span the closely intertwined political and moral arguments that have generated particular controversy in this sphere. The primary theories that guide this proposed research are provided in two David Miller articles from which considerable inspiration regarding the entire research topic have been taken. The proposed research will be advanced using argument analysis methodology. (Less)
Popular Abstract (Swedish)
Uppsatsen syftar till att med en bred ansats, innefattandes av juridiska, moraliska och mänskliga rättigheter dilemman förklara inträdet av den brittiska asyllagen under 2000-talet. Under tiden som NATO hade militär aktivitet i Afghanistan (under ledning av International Assistance Security Force), däribland Storbritannien (från 2001 fram till och med 2014) hade dem anställt cirka hundratals afghanska medborgare vars arbetsuppgift bestod av att tolka åt den brittiska armén. Betydelsen av att ha tillgång till tolkar har, för NATO:s räkning, varit ovärderlig. Dessa afghanska medborgare har blivit förföljda av talibanerna eftersom de anser att de svikit sitt land och är förrädare. När de väl anländer till Storbritannien kan det tyckas vara en... (More)
Uppsatsen syftar till att med en bred ansats, innefattandes av juridiska, moraliska och mänskliga rättigheter dilemman förklara inträdet av den brittiska asyllagen under 2000-talet. Under tiden som NATO hade militär aktivitet i Afghanistan (under ledning av International Assistance Security Force), däribland Storbritannien (från 2001 fram till och med 2014) hade dem anställt cirka hundratals afghanska medborgare vars arbetsuppgift bestod av att tolka åt den brittiska armén. Betydelsen av att ha tillgång till tolkar har, för NATO:s räkning, varit ovärderlig. Dessa afghanska medborgare har blivit förföljda av talibanerna eftersom de anser att de svikit sitt land och är förrädare. När de väl anländer till Storbritannien kan det tyckas vara en självklarhet att de borde få asylstatus eftersom de riskerat sitt eget liv för NATO:s räkning. Uppsatsen har två syften. Det första är att på ett övergripande plan belysa argumenten som förekommer på de båda sidorna. Det andra syftet är att med logisk argumentation lyckas göra ett vetenskapligt bidrag till en fråga som är ett väl preciserat litmusprov om en nations sanna karaktär som en rättvis och ansvarig internationell medlem som åtar sig 1951 års konventions principer. Det andra syftet med studien är starkt förknippat med statens skyldigheter i ett skede efter konfliktens slut, som i det här fallet handlar om att de militära styrkorna har dragit fördelar av lokala medborgare i form av tolkar. Undersökningen kommer att på ett stringent sätt använda sig av de rättsliga argumenten som återfinns i 1951 års konventionskrav. Den kommer även att analysera de nära sammanflätade politiska och moraliska argument som varit kontroversiella. Den primära teorin som jag kommer använda mig av är artiklar författade av David Miller, som hela forskarfloran inom det relevanta området har haft användning av. Syftet med uppsatsen kommer att preciseras genom användning av argumentationsanalysmetodik. (Less)
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Hewad, Maroof LU
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MRSK30 20162
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Translators, Interpreters, Responsibility, Asylum
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English
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8925500
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  author       = {Hewad, Maroof},
  keyword      = {Translators,Interpreters,Responsibility,Asylum},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The consequences of war: The UK's responsibility towards its interpreters / translators in Afghanistan},
  year         = {2017},
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