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Somalis held in custody in Kenya

15 April 2014
Around 4,000 Somalis were rounded up in Kenya last week and held in a football stadium for processing.

Britain's brutal legacy in Kenya

17 December 2013
Fifty years after Kenyan independence Ken Olende looks at the crimes of British colonialism, the Mau Mau rebels who fought back, and their betrayal by Kenya’s new rulers

Operation Legacy: When Britain burned the paper trail of its imperial crimes

03 December 2013
Britain burned a huge number of damning documents in secret to hide the shame of its brutal empire. Ken Olende looks at Operation Legacy

Raid in Somalia goes awry for US Navy special forces

08 October 2013
US special forces failed to capture a leader of the Islamist group Al Shabaab in the Somali town of Barawe last weekend

Nairobi shopping mall horror is the high price of war

24 September 2013
The roots of the violence in Kenya lie in years of intervention in Somalia, says Ken Olende

Kenya's government feels the heat from workers' strikes

16 July 2013
A national strike by teachers in Kenya entered its 22nd day on Tuesday of this week. 

Mau Mau case - when 'sorry' is the hardest word

11 June 2013
The Foreign Office was quick to clarify last week that the foreign secretary was not making an apology for the British government. 

'Sincere regret' from British government over Mau Mau war torture and promise to compensate victims

11 June 2013
The government agreed on Thursday of last week to compensate Kenyans tortured by the British during the 1950s Mau Mau war.

British government forced to apologise to Kenyans tortured in 1950s

06 June 2013
Foreign secretary William Hague was today, Thursday, forced to apologise to Kenyan victims of the Mau Mau war of the 1950s. But he made it clear that his government does not accept responsibility for the crimes of colonialism

Climbdown as British government agrees to negotiate compensation for Mau Mau veterans

07 May 2013
The British government is in negotiation with lawyers about levels of compensation for veterans of the Mau Mau war in Kenya. 

Kenyan elections expose official British hypocrisy

21 March 2013
At the same time as Britain condemns new Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta for his indictment by the International Criminal Court, the British government is trying to avoid paying compensation to people it tortured in the country during the 1950s, writes Ken Olende

British government tries to stop Mau Mau torture compensation

31 December 2012
The government has decided to contest the right of Kenyan people tortured by British forces during the Mau Mau War to claim compensation.

Mau Mau war veterans win right to sue Britain over torture

05 October 2012
Three veterans of the Mau Mau war in Kenya have won the right to take the British government to court for torture in the 1950s.

Britain's crimes in Kenya cannot go unpunished or forgotten

24 July 2012
A group of elderly Kenyans have been told they can sue the British Foreign Office for torture they suffered under colonial rule in the 1950s.

Kenya's Mau Mau veterans demand justice

17 July 2012
Three Mau Mau veterans took their case against the British government to London’s High Court on Monday of this week.

Mau Mau veterans fight for justice

19 June 2012
The British government is still trying to stop people tortured on its orders during Kenya’s Mau Mau independence war in the 1950s getting compensation.

The guilty secrets of the British Empire exposed in newly released documents

24 April 2012
The government has been forced to release secret colonial documents it claimed were lost. Ken Olende examines the evidence of Britain’s imperial crimes

Kenya: strike deal reinstates 25,000 nurses

20 March 2012
The Kenyan government has withdrawn the sacking of 25,000 striking nurses and other health workers.

Kenya nurses strike despite mass dismissals

13 March 2012
The Kenyan government seriously escalated a public sector health strike by sacking more than 25,000 strikers on Friday of last week.

Detainee speaks out: How Britain deports vulnerable victims

15 November 2011
The British government is detaining hundreds of vulnerable people and threatening to deport them to places where they will be at risk of violence. Some of the most vulnerable have been trafficked. Now the Tories are set on making life even harder for them. Ken Olende spoke to some detainees about their experience at the hands of the British state

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