Compensation for tortured Mau Mau victims

5228 Kenyans tortured by British colonial forces during the Mau Mau uprising will receive compensation totalling £19.9m, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced today.  The Mau Mau uprising, which took place between 1952 and 1961, was a rebellion against British colonial rule.  Today, the Foreign Secretary expressed regret for the first time that thousands of Kenyans were subjected to torture and ill-treatment and stated that a memorial to the victims of colonial era torture will be built in Kenya.

 

Negotiations followed the High Court's ruling that the claims of three of the victims against the government could proceed. 

 

Counsel team included Phillippa Kaufmann QC, Alex Gask and Maria Roche of Doughty Street, instructed by Leigh Day & Co, represented Paulo Nzili, Wambugu Nyingi and Jane Muthoni Mara against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 

See further details: BBC The Guardian Aljazeera

 

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