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Joining Voices!

Translators and interpreters have been increasingly subject to unjust persecution, prosecution, and imprisonment in countries across the world. To publicize and combat this critical state of affairs, Red T, together with the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC) and the International Federation of Translators (FIT), launched the Open Letter Project in 2012. The objective of the OL Project is to advocate on behalf of these embattled linguists by researching representative cases as well as policies and sending letters of appeal to the appropriate authorities. This effort was joined in 2013 by the International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI). In 2015, the coalition grew even stronger with the addition of Critical Link International, the International Council for the Development of Community Interpreting (CLI), and the World Association for Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI).

We encourage you to become part of our project by writing a letter of your own. Every voice matters!


Modern-day Harkis? Open Letter on behalf of Afghan interpreters who served the French troops
Modern-day Harkis? Open Letter on behalf of Afghan interpreters who served the French troops
Modern-day Harkis? Open Letter on behalf of Afghan interpreters who served the French troops
Modern-day Harkis? Open Letter on behalf of Afghan interpreters who served the French troops
Modern-day Harkis? Open Letter on behalf of Afghan interpreters who served the French troops



Sentenced to death – Open Letter on behalf of Iranian translator Marjan Davari
Sentenced to death – Open Letter on behalf of Iranian translator Marjan Davari
Sentenced to death – Open Letter on behalf of Iranian translator Marjan Davari



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan and Iraqi interpreters stranded across Europe and left behind in theaters of war
Open Letter in response to President Trump's entry bans
Open Letter in response to President Trump's entry bans



Open Letter in response to President Trump's entry bans
Open Letter in response to President Trump's entry bans
Open Letter in response to President Trump's entry bans



Open Letter on behalf of Turkish translator Necmiye Alpay
Letter - Turkish
Letter - Turkish



Open Letter by the Canadian and international translation/interpreting community on behalf of Afghan host nation linguists who assisted Canadian troops
Letter - Canadian
Letter - Canadian



Open Letter by the U.S. and international translation/interpreting community on behalf of Afghan host nation linguists who assisted American troops
Letter - Congress
Letter - Congress



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan conflict zone linguists affiliated with the Hellenic Armed Forces
Letter - Hellenic
Letter - Hellenic



Open Letter on behalf of Iraqi interpreter Mohammed Ismael Rasool
Letter - Rasool
Letter - Rasool



Open Letter to the Holy See on behalf of endangered translators and interpreters worldwide
Letter - POPE
Letter - POPE



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan conflict zone linguists affiliated with the Dutch Armed Forces
Letter - DUTCH
Letter - DUTCH



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan conflict zone linguists affiliated with the Polish Armed Forces
Letter - Polish
Letter - Polish



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan conflict zone linguists affiliated with the Spanish Armed Forces
Letter - Afghan-Spanish
Letter - Afghan-Spanish



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan conflict zone linguists affiliated with the French Armed Forces
Letter - Afghan-French
Letter - Afghan-French



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan conflict zone linguists affiliated with the German Armed Forces
Letter - Afghan-German
Letter - Afghan-German



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan conflict zone linguists affiliated with the British Armed Forces
Letter - Afghan-British
Letter - Afghan-British



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan conflict zone linguists affiliated with the Danish Armed Forces
Letter - Afghan-Danish
Letter - Afghan-Danish



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan conflict zone linguists affiliated with the Swedish Armed Forces
Letter - Afghan-Swedish
Letter - Afghan-Swedish



Open Letter on behalf of Afghan and Iraqi conflict zone linguists
Letter - Afghan and Iraqi
Letter - Afghan and Iraqi



Open Letter on behalf of Iranian translator Manijeh Najm Araghi
Letter to Khamenei

Click English or Farsi for pdfs:

Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader: English version / Farsi translation (TK)
Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani, Head of Judiciary: English version / Farsi translation (TK)
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: English version / Farsi translation (TK)

Eriksen Translations

Our thanks go to Eriksen Translations Inc. for generously providing the Farsi translations.





Open Letter on behalf of Iranian literary translator Mohammad Soleimani Nia*
Letter to Khamenei

*Update: In late May, Mohammad Soleimani Nia was released on bail. A few weeks later, he responded to a summons by authorities to pick up his personal property and was reportedly rearrested.

Click English or Farsi for pdfs:

Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader: English version / Farsi translation
Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani, Head of Judiciary: English version / Farsi translation
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: English version / Farsi translation

Eriksen Translations

Our thanks go to Eriksen Translations Inc. for generously providing the Farsi translations.


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