The Fate of Local Interpreters – Past and Future Challenges in Military Operations

In the aftermath of Iraq and Afghanistan, the use of local interpreters emerged as political and ethical themes in Denmark, raising a variety of critical issues. Who is accountable for the interpreters? And how can the safety and well-being of the interpreters be safeguarded in future operations? Risk-reduction and accountability concerns may be fruitful ways to start.

Recent cases of local interpreters facing risks while working under Danish command in Iraq and Afghanistan highlight the need for a coherent strategy on the uses of interpreters in war and conflicts. This report offers several recommendations for policy makers and the Danish Defence on how risk can be reduced for the local interpreters.

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