Legal professionals in Afghanistan must be given safe passage to and settlement in the UK

Judges, other legal professionals and human rights defenders working in Afghanistan must be supported by the UK government and offered safe passage, safety and, wherever possible, asylum in the UK as the Taliban cements control over the country.

Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “The situation of legal professionals and those working in the Afghan justice system more generally is increasingly a cause for alarm. We are particularly concerned about the approximately 270 women judges and 170 women lawyers, who are especially likely to be at risk.

“Legal professionals in Afghanistan have made invaluable contributions by promoting the rule of law and safeguarding fundamental freedoms. They deserve our utmost respect and support.

“The UK government’s new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme is welcomed, but we are concerned that the target to offer sanctuary in the UK to Afghans in the first year of the scheme will be insufficient to protect all those in imminent danger. We call on the government to ensure the scheme moves at a faster pace.”

Notes to editors

Read about the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme

In January 2021, two female judges working for the Afghan Supreme Court were murdered.

Read the Guardian article

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