Language use changes, often along socio-political lines. Sensitivities may arise between speakers of different backgrounds. Therefore, it is vitally important that the interpreter is perceived by all parties to be impartial.
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As the targeted killings by the Taliban increase, branded as traitors the interpreters left behind by British troops fear for their lives. The British government recently revealed details of a severely flawed plan to help only some of them. AIIC, FIT, IAPTI, and Red T write an open letter to David Cameron, echoing David Davis' call to give them all a safe haven in the UK.
No globalisation without communication - a multimedia event, Nuremberg, 2 June 2013
The second event in the series "One trial – four languages", jointly organised by the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and AIIC Germany, will focus on the development of simultaneous interpreting during the second half of the twentieth century.
Joint letter to the Danish authorities brings change of heart in Copenhagen
Following letters to the US administration and the Swedish government, this joint letter to the Danish Prime Minister produced an immediate effect. Hardly had the letter been published than the Danish government announced a change in its policy towards Afghan interpreters who had helped their troops, opening a door to their applications for visas. We are extremely pleased that the joint pressure from AIIC, FIT, IAPTI and RED T, written at a decisive time for the debate in Denmark, seems to have been the trigger for the government's change of heart.