One Clear Action Our Government Can Take To End Violence Against Women: Closing Yarl’s Wood

Yarl’s Wood has been plagued by accusations of sexual abuse, rape and violence against the women it should be caring for. Women who, very often, are fleeing those very things. Indeed, a 2014 report by the charity Women for Refugee Women found that 72% of the women they spoke to who had been detained in Yarl’s Wood had previously experienced sexual assault. They came to Britain in search of refuge and have been met with abuse – that is unacceptable. In the Green Party we disagree with all detention of asylum seekers, let alone in an institution so compromised as to be deigned ‘a place of national concern’ by HM Inspectorate of Prisons last year. We are calling for the immediate closure of Yarl’s Wood, and this week Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party, has requested a visit to the centre to meet the women who are detained there.

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