UK yet to send team to Myanmar to gather evidence of mass rape

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Foreign Office specialist group set up in 2012 to highlight pervasive use of sexual violence as a weapon by military not deployed to refugee camps

A Foreign Office team specialising in gathering evidence of sexual violence in conflict has yet to be deployed to Myanmar’s refugee camps despite evidence that systematic mass rape has been used as a weapon by the Burmese military.

The specialist group was set up by William Hague as foreign secretary in 2012 as part of his joint effort with the actor Angelina Jolie to highlight the pervasive use of sexual violence in conflict. He regards the initiative as one of his chief legacies.

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