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Top female judge and MP in hiding from Taliban who are on the Foreign Office’s ‘exceptional risk list’

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
1st Sep 21 12:31 pm

A prominent female judge and an MP are in hiding from Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. They are both at “extreme risk” due to their high profile status of working in human rights and anti-corruption.

The British government are being threatened with legal action over their failure to provide visas for them both.

The judge and her family should have been called forward to leave on an evacuation flight out of Afghanistan and she was place on the Foreign Office’s “exceptional risk list,” her lawyers say.

The female judge said, “Because of my work on women’s rights I have been threatened by the Taliban, who have used violence against their wives.

“They said that when they would be released, they would destroy me.

“I am hiding with my family in terrible conditions. They are all in danger because they are part of my family.

“Already, one of my brothers has gone missing and we are very worried about him.

“My life and that of my family are in danger right now because the Taliban believes that women cannot be judges, especially when it come to judging the actions of men, and they believe that it was the Westerners who made it common for women to be judges in Afghanistan.

“I have heard of judges already being executed by the Taliban and we are very frightened.

“I therefore call on the British Government to work together to issue the visas to save me and my family.

“Please save us.”

Lawyers have warned that it is now “a matter of life or death” for them – and the government has to issue visas by 2pm today or legal action will start.

Barrister Michael Polak who is representing the women said, “There has never been a need for Government departments to act so quickly and their actions could save the Judge’s life and that of the female MP concerned as well.

“These are women who have spent their careers fighting for women’s rights and against corruption.

“There is no time to spare, and we ask that those with the ability to do so issue visas for these incredibly brave women immediately.”

Representing the women, barrister Michael Polak said, ‘There has never been a need for Government departments to act so quickly and their actions could save the Judge’s life and that of the female MP concerned as well.

‘These are women who have spent their careers fighting for women’s rights and against corruption.

‘There is no time to spare, and we ask that those with the ability to do so issue visas for these incredibly brave women immediately.”

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