Mau Mau rebellion victims claim parliament was misled over torture – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2016 in colonies, compensation, Kenya, news, parliament, torture, victims by sally

‘The UK’s parliament was misled over the brutal tactics used to suppress the 1950s Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

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The dark face of our imperial past – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 30th, 2015 in armed forces, colonies, delay, human rights, inquests, inquiries, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘The Supreme Court has ruled that the United Kingdom was not obliged to hold a public inquiry into the shooting in December 1948 during the Malayan Emergency by British troops of 24 unarmed civilians at Batang Kali. The Court held that (1) the lapse of time meant that there was no Article 2 requirement to hold an inquiry; (2) a duty to hold an inquiry could not be implied into common law under the principles of customary international law; and (3) the decision not to hold an inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 was not open to challenge on ordinary judicial review principles. However, the Supreme Court did hold that the deaths were within the United Kingdom’s jurisdiction for the purposes of the application of the ECHR.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th November 2015

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1948 Malayan killings case reaches UK Supreme Court – BBC News

‘Relatives of 24 men killed by British troops in Malaya in 1948 will take their demands for a public inquiry to the Supreme Court later.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2015

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No duty to investigate in respect of civilian deaths in Malaya in 1948 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 21st, 2014 in armed forces, colonies, emergency powers, human rights, inquiries, news by sally

‘After an interesting analysis of the time limits for claims under Convention in response to a claim made in relation to actions by British soldiers in Malaya in 1948, the Court of Appeal dismissed all their human rights, customary international law and Wednesbury arguments. There was no obligation in domestic law for the state to hold an inquiry into the deaths of civilians killed by British soldiers in colonial Malaya in 1948, even though the Strasbourg Court might well hold that such a duty ensued.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th March 2014

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Court of Appeal judges to rule on 1948 Malaya ‘massacre’ – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, colonies, human rights, inquiries, news, public interest by tracey

‘Court of Appeal judges are set to rule on a long-running battle for an inquiry into the 1948 killings of 24 villagers in Malaya by British troops.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2014

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UK governments blocked investigations into Malaysian massacre cover-up – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2013 in appeals, armed forces, colonies, government departments, homicide, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘British governments blocked two police investigations into the covering up of the killing by British troops of 24 unarmed rubber plantation workers during counterinsurgency operations in Malaysia nearly 65 years ago, the appeal court heard on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2013

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UK to expect more colonial-era compensation claims – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2013 in colonies, compensation, human rights, Kenya, news, torture by sally

“Following news of payments over Mau Mau insurgency, more claims likely from Kenya, Cyprus and other former colonies.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2013

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Mau mau torture claims against Foreign Office not time barred rules High Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 8th, 2012 in colonies, Kenya, news, time limits, torture by sally

“Although any claims regarding alleged acts of torture on Kenyan detainees during the 1950s state of emergency are technically time barred the High Court has allowed three of the claims to go ahead.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th October 2012

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans win UK torture ruling – BBC News

Posted October 5th, 2012 in armed forces, colonies, Kenya, news, time limits, torture by tracey

“Three Kenyans who were tortured by British colonial authorities can proceed with their legal claims against the UK government, a court has ruled.”

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BBC News, 5th October 2012

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Mau Mau torture court ruling awaited by Kenyans – BBC News

Posted October 5th, 2012 in armed forces, colonies, Kenya, news, time limits, torture by tracey

“Three Kenyans once tortured by British colonial authorities are to learn if they can proceed with their legal claims against the British government.”

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BBC News, 5th October 2012

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No public inquiry into alleged 1948 massacre by British troops, yet – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 21st, 2012 in armed forces, colonies, homicide, inquiries, judicial review, news by tracey

“Chong Nyok Keyu and ors v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and another [2012] EWHC 2445 (Admin).

Although the High Court has rejected an attempt to force the Government to hold a public inquiry into an alleged massacre of unarmed civilians by British troops in 1948, the case represents a further example of the use of the Courts to redress historical grievances.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st September 2012

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Veterans of 1950s Mau Mau uprising in Kenya seek UK damages – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2012 in colonies, Kenya, news, time limits, torture by sally

“Three Kenyans who allege they were tortured by the British colonial authorities during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising, are to begin a damages case at the High Court in London later.”

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BBC News, 16th July 2012

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Falkland Islands: Government rules out protection law – BBC News

Posted January 31st, 2012 in colonies, news by sally

“The government has ruled out bringing in a UK law to ensure the Falkland Islands’ right to remain British.”

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BBC News, 31st January 2012

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Government ‘not liable for torture’ – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2011 in colonies, Kenya, news, summary judgments, torture by sally

“The Government cannot be held legally liable for British colonial atrocities committed during the Mau Mau Uprising, the High Court heard today.”

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The Independent, 7th April 2011

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Analysis: Britain has moral duty to allow Mau Mau case to proceed – The Times

Posted June 24th, 2009 in colonies, compensation, human rights, Kenya, news, torture by sally

“Since the 1950s, Mau Mau has often been synonymous with atavistic savagery. It was a grassroots movement that sought to end British rule in Kenya, and with it the privileges of an African minority loyal to colonialism. Comprised almost entirely of Kikuyu – Kenya’s largest ethnic group — Mau Mau perpetrated some heinous crimes. But, so, too, did the agents of British colonialism, and on an order of magnitude that dwarfed Mau Mau acts of violence.”

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The Times, 23rd June 2009

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Kenyan veterans in UK court bid – BBC News

Posted June 23rd, 2009 in colonies, compensation, human rights, Kenya, news, torture by sally

“A case against the British government brought by veterans of Kenya’s independence struggle will be heard at London’s High Court later.”

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BBC News, 23rd June 2009

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Mau Mau veterans sue for colonial abuses – The Guardian

Posted May 11th, 2009 in colonies, compensation, news, torture by sally

“Five elderly Kenyans detained and allegedly tortured during the Mau Mau independence uprising of more than 50 years ago are to issue a reparations claim against the British government in London next month.”

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The Guardian, 10th May 2009

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