UN chief ‘denied access’ to centre

b10-37 Yarls Wood detention centre ENGPNL00120120304094556
b10-37 Yarls Wood detention centre ENGPNL00120120304094556

A United Nations investigator has sensationally claimed she was denied access to Yarl’s Wood.

United Nations Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo was making the first visit to the UK to monitor violence against women, its causes and consequences.

Speaking at a press conference in London this morning (Tuesday) South African law Professor Manjoo said she was keen to speak to detainees to seek information on violations being experienced.

She said: “I regret that, despite my repeated requests, a visit to Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre was not facilitated by the government, and that my access to the centre was denied, when I tried to visit it independently.”

Women’s rights groups had found it odd that Yarl’s Wood was not included on the itinerary.

Professor Manjoo concluded: “The State has a responsibility to act with due diligence to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, and it is imperative that the best interests of all women and girls should guide the response of the UK government.”

Her findings will be discussed at the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2015.