Alongside journalists, translators and interpreters are in the line of fire in many regions of the world today. Linguists are being threatened, targeted, persecuted as traitors, incarcerated for content. Even translators and interpreters working for humanitarian aid organizations are at risk. The world cannot function, nor can we stay informed and abreast of developments without them. No translators means no understanding; however, unlike journalists, they do not as yet enjoy specific protection under international legislation.
Red T, a non-profit organization advocating for translators and interpreters in high-risk settings, the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), the International Federation of Translators (FIT), the International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI), Critical Link International (CLI) and the World Federation of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) have come together to raise awareness about the issue and urge the UN to protect translators and interpreters worldwide.
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