Rape summit in London sparks charge of ‘hypocrisy’

Government under attack for hosting Global Summit to End Sexual Violence event while women asylum seekers suffer


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The government has been accused of hypocrisy for hosting this week’sGlobal Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London, while failing victims of rape on its own doorstep.

The foreign secretary, William Hague, and film star Angelina Jolie, special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, are co-chairing the conference, which begins on Tuesday at the Excel Centre in east London and aims to create “irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict”.

But sources at the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), as well as charities working with asylum seekers and victims of torture, are growing increasingly concerned at the failings of UK immigration and Home Office officials to deal with the cases of women who have been victims of sexual violence when they arrive in the UK as war refugees.

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