Former Afghan Interpreters seek asylum in NZ
We are the five former NZDF interpreters who are excluded
from the NZ resettlement packages. We continuously contacted
NZ officials and asking them for the resettlement offer in
Recently we sent an official letter to Prime
Minister, NZ Cabinet and MPs to reconsider our cases, but it
seems that we have been completely ignored, although we have
all records of our services and threat letters which have
been written by NZPRT officials and stating that our lives
are at risk.
We have served alongside NZDF troops in
Bamiyan over the past 6-7 years as interprets/ translators
and cultural advisors. We do not understand that what
distinct us from those who were offered packages to resettle
in NZ, as we are faced the same threat as they do.
situation throughout the county has been deteriorating and
those who were or are affiliated to Coalition forces or ISAF
are being tracked and killed.
Most countries have offered
asylum to their Afghan employees regardless of current or
former employee as they realize that once the troops leave
Afghanistan their employee’s will face a serious threat.
On October 2012 Defense Minister Mr. Coleman announced
that NO AFGHAN INTERPRETERS WILL BE LEFT BEHIND, but
unfortunately we Five former interpreters have been missed
out of the offer and our services, loyalty, honesty,
dedication to NZ government is completely ignored and no one
even listens to our concerns, which make us to deeply regret
serving the NZ Government.
Herby, we are sending this
message to NZ Media to share our concerns with NZ civil
society and the public to support our claim which is based
on fact, attached file is the letter that we shared with NZ
NOTE: we have all our documents including
threat letters to further prove our claims upon
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