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The government has refused to grant asylum to local interpreters working for the Swedish army in Afghanistan, arguing that all asylum seekers should receive equal treatment.

When Swedish forces commence their withdrawal from the country in June, the lives of some 30 interpreters, accused by the Taliban of collaborating with the enemy, will be in danger.

The armed forces’ commander in chief clearly expressed his support for a plan to grant asylum to the interpreters, to show that Sweden is a humane country.