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The Kenyan government has withdrawn the sacking of 25,000 striking nurses and other health workers.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

Kenya bombs famine victims

01 November 2011
A Kenyan air strike killed five people, including children, in Jibil food distribution camp in southern Somalia last Sunday, according to Médecins san Frontières.

Return of famine encouraged by free market

26 July 2011
The Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya was designed for 90,000 people.

Mau Mau veterans win first battle for compensation from Britain for torture

21 July 2011
Foreign Office attempts to throw out a claim for compensation for torture by a group of Kenyans were rejected by a high court judge in London today.

The First Grader

21 June 2011
As free primary education was reintroduced across Kenya in east Africa in 2003, an aging veteran of the country’s Mau Mau independence war against the British turned up at school.

Mau Mau veteran speaks out: why Britain should pay

12 April 2011
"The new documents strengthen our case. How can they say that the Kenyan government is responsible for compensation when they didn’t even hand over the files?

British government admits colonial brutality in Kenya

12 April 2011
The British government is finally being forced to reveal the true horror of atrocities committed during the Mau Mau war in Kenya in the 1950s.

Repression was resisted

12 April 2011
The anti-colonial Mau Mau rebellion broke out in Kenya during 1952.

British government to open secret files on Mau Mau war in Kenya

05 April 2011
The British government has admitted holding 1,500 secret files on its role in the brutal suppression of Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s.

Dreams in a Time of War - Ngugi wa Thiong’o

11 May 2010
Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s memoir tells of growing up under British colonial occupation and during the Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s.

Mau Mau veterans case: Seeking justice after 50 years

14 July 2009
The delegation of three men and two women veterans presented their case to the high court in London at the end of June.

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