British Kenya war crimes files rediscovered


This video from the USA says about itself:

Caroline Elkins – Colonial War Crimes in Kenya: Prospects for Reconciliation

Hugo K. Foster Associate Professor of African Studies, Caroline Elkins, discusses her first book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya.

From the Daily Telegraph in England:

Britain’s ‘Mau Mau rebellion involvement’ uncovered ahead of High Court case

Thousands of documents detailing Britain’s involvement in the bloody Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya have been unearthed ahead of a High Court case this week.

By Andrew Hough 7:30AM BST 05 Apr 2011

The 300 boxes of documents were unearthed after four elderly Kenyans took steps earlier this year to sue the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), claiming they were tortured between 1952 and 1960.

A judge ordered the Foreign Office to produce all relevant evidence.

The 1500 files held by the National Archives allegedly include details of the detention and punishment of suspected rebels in the country.

The files were removed from Kenya in 1963, and secretly brought to Britain days before a declaration of independence was declared in the African nation. It was thought the files had been destroyed but were found after a trawl through archives.

The four claimants, who arrived in Britain on Monday, are seeking “damages for personal injuries caused by repeated assaults perpetrated by employees and agents of the British Colonial Administration in Kenya when they were detained”.

Their lawyers will likely claim the evidence indicates that assaults were “part of a system of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment applied by police, Home Guards and other members of the security services with the knowledge of the Colonial Administration”.

The Kenyans are seeking a “statement of regret” from the Government and a welfare fund for victims. It is thought about 1,400 other former Mau Mau detainees remain alive today.

President Barack Obama’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was detained in the 1950s Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule.

The FCO told The Times it was not legally liable in the case, which starts on Thursday.

See also here. And here. And here.

Kenyans seek Mau Mau compensation in UK: Group of elderly Kenyans who say they were tortured by British officers: here.

A lawyer representing four elderly Kenyans who allege that they suffered horrific torture at the hands of the British accused the government today of “cynically” attempting to block compensation: here.

Secret memo gave guidelines on abuse of Mau Mau in 1950s: here.

The High Court released documents today revealing what ministers in London knew of the horrific abuse of Kenyans by the British authorities during the 1950s and ’60s: here.

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