RedT and its partner organizations are proposing the creatin of a UN database that compiles evidence of T/I human rights violations. Such a database would promote greater accountability among member states and encourage them to meet their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law. It would also be instrumental in formulating future legislation and policies protective of T/Is and go a long way in bringing justice to T/I victims and their families.
The President and Executive Board of IATIS have joined Red T and many other international translator and interpreter associations advocating for translators and interpreters at risk.
An Open Letter was sent to the Australian Prime Minister which you can read in full:
On December 11 2019, I had the privilege to participate as IATIS representative in an important event on war and the global politics of translation held at UN headquarters in New York City and hosted by the Permanent Missions of Spain and the Republic of Fiji to the UN as well as the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). The event - titled #ProtectLinguists - was a panel discussion featuring a variety of speakers representing the world language community and transnational Human Rights activist communities. The panel discussion was co-organized by Red T, a nonprofit organization advocating for the protection of translators and interpreters in high-risk settings worldwide and moderated by Linda Fitchett of the International Association of Conference Interpreters. The audience was comprised of a remarkable number of representatives from the world languages community, including the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), International Federation of Translators (FIT), the International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI), Critical Link International (CLI), the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) and the International Association of University Institutes with Translation and Interpretation Programs (CIUTI).
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