Sunday, July 24, 2011

Africans Allowed to Sue British Government

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Mau Mau Kenyans allowed to sue UK government

Four elderly Kenyans have been told they can sue the Foreign Office for their alleged torture by British colonial authorities 50 years ago.

Left to right: Ndiku Mutua, Jane Muthoni Mara and Wambugu Wa Nyingi, three of the four claimants

The decision means that the government will have to defend accusations of torture, murder, sexual assault and other alleged abuses at a full damages trial in 2012.

The trial is expected to include critical material from some 17,000 previously lost documents which were discovered earlier this year in the Foreign Office's archives.

The papers include detailed reports of atrocities which were sent to ministers in the 1950s and 1960s.

Professor David Anderson of Oxford University, who unearthed the documents, is working with other experts to log the potential evidence.

"It also has implications for Britain's imperial past. As a nation, we have been not very good at facing up to that history and I think this will help us do that and repair our reputation with our former colonies.


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