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Statements re: Afghan Translators

Below are three statements on the matter.

Taliban Spokesperson

"... if they surrender themselves to the Islamic Emirate (Taliban), and they confess what they have done, our leader will forgive them. We have established a special commission for those who have worked for the government or in other roles, including interpreters and intelligence."

A separate member of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha:

“After the end of foreign occupation those who collaborated with the ADF and other troops, will possibly be granted amnesty.”

The Department of Home Affairs spokesperson:

  • The Department does not comment on individual cases. (with regards to Hassan's appeal)
  • On 12 December 2012 the Australian Government announced it would offer resettlement to eligible Locally Engaged Employees (LEE) at risk of harm due to their employment in support of Australia’s mission in Afghanistan.
  • An applicant must first be certified as being at significant risk of harm as a result of their employment or support to Australia’s mission, after which they may apply for a humanitarian visa.
  • Visa applications from certified LEE are afforded the highest processing priority within the Humanitarian Program but applicants must still meet rigorous health, character and national security requirements.
  • The Department of Home Affairs is urgently processing the onhand Afghan LEE caseload and working with the Department of Defence on travel options.
  • Usually Afghan LEE are considered for subclass 201 - In-country Special Humanitarian, as generally applicants are located in Afghanistan at the time of consideration. If applicants have left Afghanistan they would be considered for subclass 200 – Refugee.
  • The Australian Government has resettled more than 1,200 LEEs from Afghanistan since 2013.