“Translation unveils the many faces of humanity”

Celebrating ITD in 2023

FIT Council is pleased to announce its chosen theme for International Translation Day 2023: Translation unveils the many faces of humanity.

To honour International Translation Day (ITD) this year, we wish to not only recognise the important role that translation, interpreting, and terminology play in the lives of each of us, but also our shared humanity. [Read more]


Campaign for the protection of Translators and Interpreters working in Conflict Zones 

“When we went out beyond the wire with him, and with the other interpreters, we put our lives in their hands. They never betrayed us, they saved us countless times. And now they need us, where are we for them? 

The Locally Engaged Employee process has been plagued with lengthy processing times from the beginning. Some have taken six years! …It shouldn’t take six years, for a bureaucratic check on character. We know them. We fought with them. We answer for their character. With the Taliban there, they don’t have time for bureaucracy. They need action.”

Captain Jason Scanes, Forsaken Fighters

Following the FIT Resolution adopted by the Berlin Statutory Congress in 2014, calling on the international community to protect linguists working in conflict zones, FIT continues to advocate for the rights and safety of conflict zone linguists, working with its partners Red T, the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), the International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI) and Critical Link International. Together we call for a UN Convention and/or an international safety resolution for the protection of linguists working in conflict zones during and after their service. 

As most linguists working in areas of conflict are locally engaged, they and their families need specific protection and support. FIT urges all governments to extract local personnel and their families. Abandonment to insurgent forces after troop withdrawal is no recompense for faithful service. 

Translators and Interpreters have a human right to life, to work, to freedom from torture, and to freedom of expression.

11 November 2022. On behalf of the world language community, this letter from the international language community coalition, including translator and interpreter associations, urgently calls attention to the ongoing violation of the human rights of translators and interpreters (T/Is) across the globe and asks Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to record human rights violations against T/Is.

International Translation Day 2022

Each year, we celebrate International Translation Day on 30 September, the feast of St. Jerome. FIT Council proudly announces the winner of its annual poster competition commemorating International Translation Day (ITD) 2022. ‘A World Without Barriers’. This year’s winning design was created by Jose Luis Pulido, from Spain.

Theme for the XXII FIT World Congress and International Translation Day 2022

ITD 2022 Celebrating A World without Barriers: The Role of Language Professionals in Building Culture, Understanding and lasting Peace.
FIT member associations can use the poster in their communication promoting ITD and their events.

Click on the links below to Download different versions of the poster here: thumbnail, 100dpi resolution, 300dpi resolution, print quality