Wednesday, 11 November 2020

LGBT+ people seeking asylum in the UK face mockery and derision from interpreters, damning report warns

 https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/11/11/lgbt-people-asylum-interpreters-home-office-report/

11 November 2020

LGBT+ people seeking asylum in the UK face mockery and derision from interpreters, damning report warns

The report from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, published on Wednesday (November 11), flagged concerns about the way people seeking asylum on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are treated during Home Office processes.

According to the report, stakeholders had raised concerns that “interpreter bias” has a large impact on applications among LGBT+ asylum claimants.

It warns: “One [stakeholder] argued that this was particularly prevalent in LGBTQI+ claims, with applicants reporting interpreters using derogatory slang and making judgements, which impacted the confidence of applicants.

“Another referred to reports from LGBTQI+ applicants about interpreters ‘mistranslating, rebuking or judging people, or being dismissive of their fears such as the death penalty’.

“There were concerns that applicants could feel inhibited about talking about their claim which could affect the decision.”

According to the report, the Home Office’s Asylum Operations unit had “confirmed stakeholders’ concerns, commenting that with some LGBTQI+ claims they could ‘feel the tension’ between the applicant and interpreter.”

Read more here: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/11/11/lgbt-people-asylum-interpreters-home-office-report/

 

An inspection of the Home Office’s use of language services in the asylum process

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process

11 November 2020

An inspection of the Home Office’s use of language services in the asylum process

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/933930/An_inspection_of_the_Home_Office_s_use_of_language_services_in_the_asylum_process.pdf

 

A response to an inspection of the Home Office’s use of language services in the asylum process

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/response-to-an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process/a-response-to-an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process-accessible-version

11 November 2020

A response to an inspection of the Home Office’s use of language services in the asylum process

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/response-to-an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process/a-response-to-an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-use-of-language-services-in-the-asylum-process-accessible-version

 

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

"no interpreter attended"

 https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/crime/portsmouth-man-muhib-uddin-admits-raping-woman-19-southsea-3031590

10th November 2020

No interpreter attended court at two separate hearings, meaning no plea could be taken until today. […] Last month when no interpreter was present, judge Ashworth said he would speak to the appropriate person to explain it was ‘completely inappropriate’ that contractor Big Word did not provide someone. At the hearing on October 20 he said it was ‘very bad news’ the case was delayed.

Monday, 9 November 2020

NUBSLI raise concerns over the conduct of Language Empire

 https://uniteforoursociety.org/blog/nubsli-raise-concerns-over-the-conduct-of-language-empire/

9th November 2020

NUBSLI raise concerns over the conduct of Language Empire

The National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI), which is part of Unite the union, is writing to NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCG) in the north west of England after the interpreting provider Language Empire was ordered to pay £240,000 in damages over masquerading as a competitor to win contracts with the NHS, police forces and civil service. […]

Read more here: https://uniteforoursociety.org/blog/nubsli-raise-concerns-over-the-conduct-of-language-empire/